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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday afternoon to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate—but only after an emotional Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake requested that the Senate delay its full vote for a week to allow for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

The request from Flake came after a dramatic change of position from the statement he put out earlier in the day, when the Arizona Senator said he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh. By Friday afternoon, he was engaged in active discussions with other Senators and indicated he could only support Kavanaugh in the full Senate vote after an FBI investigation.

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  1. Just read this, too. Well, it gives an out for the other possible “no” votes to vote “no” if Li’l Mitchy Da Bitchy doesn’t slow down the floor vote and order an FBI investigation. If there is one, and they talk to this Mike Judge guy, it ain’t gonna be good. Kavanaugh’s lies about all that drinking he supposedly didn’t do to excess like EVERYONE else did in college and high school will be exposed. We’ll see. Donny D. Grabber will probably fire Rosenstein too very soon. Hopefully Rosenstein forces him to do that and isn’t intimidated into resigning instead. This is just insane. People had better VOTE!!!

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    • Chuck Grassley just asked the White House to initiate an FBI investigation limited to one week and to the current allegations. No response yet.

      Mike Judge just agreed to a confidential FBI interview. His request for confidentiality presumably means he has information he doesn’t want to be made public.

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      • And the drama continues. The current allegations regarding Dr. Ford only, or are the other two women’s claims included, too? Yeah, Mr. Judge’s testimony is gonna describe A LOT of of drinkin’, partyin’, and barfin’, along with possible stories of genital grabbing and sexual misconduct. Good thing Kavanaugh never drank to excess so nothing bad can come out about him. Wait….Never mind.

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  2. Good news. I have been hoping, and expecting, Flake to do that. I felt let down after his vote and statements earlier today. The woman in the elevator must have gotten through to me. Hard to resist a crying woman’s request.

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  3. At the risk of being labeled a cynic, if Flake had wanted to actually do the right thing, he could have voted against even moving the matter out of committee and into the full senate. I think that it’s all for show, but I hope I’m wrong.

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    • Did you watch the proceedings, Jill? I watched nearly all of it over two days. It sure didn’t look like theater to me. What I saw was high emotion, desperation, turmoil, and great uncertainty; and, in all my years of observing politics, I’ve never seen anything like that. We are in uncharted waters here.

      A new FBI investigation has been agreed to because Republicans didn’t have the votes to confirm. The final vote on Kavanaugh has been delayed for at least a week until the FBI report is released. The nomination now hinges on it. It will be very problematic for undecided senators to vote to confirm if the report contains damning information such as drunken aggression and sexual misconduct.

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      • No, I didn’t watch it, just a few clips. Being nearly deaf, it is difficult for me to watch things unless there is closed captioning. Plus, time is always short. I did see a few clips and read bits ‘n pieces of the transcripts, however, as well as relying on Gronda’s post to bring the picture into focus, and I am aware of the emotions that were swirling. I don’t doubt that the emotions were real, but frankly I have no empathy for Kavanaugh, for it seems to me that he has brought this whole mess upon himself. I am pleased that the FBI is now investigating, although not happy with the limited time frame they were given. Next week should be another interesting one … interesting = ulcer-inducing.

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    • He could have and I thought it strange that he did not. The Senate majority leader had already announced he could call it for a vote by the full senate even if not voted out if committee. He had the authority to do that so a no vote by Glake would not have prevented a vote by the full senate.

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