The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination. Jeff Flake announced he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"I need to go to the hearing", Flake says. He doesn't know what she went through, so talking about how the accused deserves a presumption of innocence would make him seem like an unfeeling robot.
Earlier, the Republican-controlled panel turned aside Democrats' effort to subpoena Mark Judge, a potential witness to the alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford, who gave wrenching testimony Thursday about being attacked by Kavanaugh when she was 15.
However, it's unclear if Republican leaders - or President Trump - will support Flake's call for the investigation or might instead press forward with a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
It is critically important, he said, that the Senate show it is committed to "a Supreme Court that is above reproach". The White House and perhaps the Justice Department, presumably, would also have a say given the Executive branch's power to direct FBI investigations. Flake is slated to join Ohio Gov. John Kasich for a talk called "The Future of the Republican Party", moderated by Forbes saideditor Randall Lane.
"I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh said Thursday. Richard Blumenthal, a former CT state attorney general, raised a motion to subpoena Mark Judge. Hours later, Kavanaugh angrily denied it, alternating a loud, defiant tone with near tears as he addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jeff Flake was hesitant to vote "yes" on his confirmation. Several Democrats walked out of the committee room in protest - Booker and Harris, as well as Sens. But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh's name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country.
Confirmation of Mr Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, would cement conservative control of the nation's highest court.
During testimony that one senator described as "riveting", Ms Ford said she was "100 per cent certain" that Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982.
The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Friday morning for a vote on Kavanaugh.
However, The Atlantic's Elaina Plott reported that a source close to Manchin said that the senator "will side with the overwhelming number of people in WV who want Kavanaugh confirmed".
As the committee, with 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, set its vote for 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT), some Democrats left the room in protest.
But on Friday morning he released a statement before the hearing saying he will "vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
The two Republicans to watch in the final vote are Sens.
The event with Flake is taking place at the "U30 Stage" at the Colonial Emerson Theatre, event organizers said.