Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who threw Kavanaugh’s already tumultuous confirmation process into chaos last week by agreeing with pols across the aisle in calling for an FBI probe into claims against the jurist, voted to move the nomination forward and said he’d vote the same way on confirmation “unless something big changes.”
While Flake, who flipped after being confronted by sexual assault victims ahead of he judiciary panel vote to send Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate Friday, and other possible swing vote Republicans are waiting to see what the probe turns up, GOP leaders have expressed their impatience.
Some of the 53-year-old appeals court judge’s statements were blatantly false. He claimed that his beer consumption in high school, when the alleged attack occurred, was legal because the drinking age in Maryland was 18. In truth, by the time he was 18, the drinking age had been changed to 21.