Jeff Flake calls for ending 'destructive partisan tribalism' in New Hampshire

Jeff Flake calls for ending 'destructive partisan tribalism' in New Hampshire

Jeff Flake calls for ending 'destructive partisan tribalism' in New Hampshire

"The Democratic Leader and the ranking Democrat on the Committee both said recently that an FBI investigation can be completed in less than a week", he said on the Senate floor.

He told CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday that the conservative judge's nomination would be "over" if federal investigators determine he lied. They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.

"The harsh fact of the matter is that we have mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is just not credible", Schumer said Monday.

Flake, as IJR noted, called for an FBI investigation after two women confronted him on an elevator on Friday - an encounter that, he said, "struck a chord".

When asked what he thought the chances were that after the FBI wraps up its investigation, "we are going to be in exactly the same place", Flake responded: "There is a chance that that will happen", but added he does think progress can be made.

The majority leader had previously said Kavanaugh would be confirmed by October 1, but after four days of hearings into the nominee's background concluded, Democrats released an 11-hour bombshell that disrupted the process: An accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, while they were both in high school. Flake insisted that he did not think they should have a full vote on Kavanaugh until there was a week-long FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Feinstein did not mention the letter in any hearings with Kavanaugh, and its contents were later leaked to the press, leading Ford to reveal publicly her accusation.

Flake, who has bemoaned the partisanship of Washington and said Monday "could never warm to the president" because of the way Trump insulted his political opponents and contributed to the divisiveness in Washington, also got the 2020 question. She said, "I'm waiting to see what the results are".

"So we've learned that if you confide in Senate Democrats on highly sensitive personal matters, no request for confidentiality will keep you from becoming a household name", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Earlier in the New Hampshire speech, Flake suggested that rather than consider Democrats and Republicans as two warring factions, they might be better viewed as two organs in the same body.

"I guess I want to say, 'Thank you, '" Walsh said.

"I do hope somebody else runs in the Republican primary".

"There is a big concern among a lot of Republicans, traditional Republicans who believe in limited government, economic freedom, free trade, a strong America, American leadership", said Flake.

"Oh, yes. I would think so".

"I want him to be a fly in the ointment", Mr. Cullen said.

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