Flake pushes for ‘real’ investigation of Brett Kavanaugh allegations

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On the issue of the scope of the FBI's investigation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House counsel Don McGahn, who is managing Kavanaugh's nomination, "has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like, and what the scope of the investigation is".

In Manchester, New Hampshire, Flake was asked what would cause him to vote "no" on nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He said Kavanaugh was "rightfully angry" about the accusations, and he added, "Who wouldn't be?"

Some Democratic lawmakers claim the White House is keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses and have questioned how thorough an investigation that must be concluded by Friday can and will be. Jeff Flake traveled to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire on Monday to call for a new kind of politics that rejects the "destructive partisan tribalism" that has infected Washington and prevented elected leaders from tackling the nation's biggest problems.

One of them is Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was greeted by hundreds of liberal protesters, victims of sexual assault among them, during an appearance Monday in Boston.

"We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation and we are working to make sure that that happens", Flake said at the Forbes "30 under 30" summit.

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.

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Last Friday, Brett Kavanaugh's vote to move from judiciary committee to full senate was passed, with the addition of an FBI investigation into the matter.

Flake said Ford offered "compelling, credible testimony", but he also found Kavanaugh's "impassioned, very raw defense" to be effective.

Tom Rath, a veteran GOP operative in New Hampshire, said it is far too early to speculate about whether Mr. Flake could be a viable presidential contender, but said he is happy he is airing his views. "I don't see that happening in my case", Flake said.

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"He is taking flak from the left for not taking enough of a stand, and I am like, 'What more do you want?'" he said of the Kavanaugh battle.

"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.

Coons added, "I would think so". I want it to be comprehensive.