Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took America on a wild ride as he maybe didn't, then definitely did, then sort of didn't support Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. It's a story perhaps best told through the senator's da Vinci-esque facial expressions.
At first, Flake seemed like a contender to upend Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. But that thought crumbled when Flake announced Friday he'd vote to confirm Kavanaugh in a full Senate vote.
— AJ (@ajchavar) September 28, 2018
But wait! Then came two sexual assault survivors, who held open an elevator door and grilled Flake on his choice. Hours later, rumblings soon emerged that Flake might flip. Democratic senators tried to convince Flake to come to their side and block Kavanaugh ...
Sen. @JeffFlake talks to @SenFeinstein & @SenatorLeahy earlier before the committee voted 11-10 to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination. Flake requested a delay until an FBI invest. could be conducted into the sexual assault allegations vs Kavanaugh. Photo by Kevin Dietsch for @UPI. pic.twitter.com/1Cn4yXNPTq
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... but the GOP eventually prevailed — in a way. Flake did vote to send Kavanaugh past the Senate Judiciary Committee for a full body vote. Yet he hinted he might not actually back Kavanaugh in the end, unless there was an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.
I'd like to commission a baroque painting. pic.twitter.com/ZFQrKfVTe6
— Dan Bobkoff (@danbobkoff) September 28, 2018
Republicans eventually agreed to request an FBI probe before a final confirmation vote — all thanks to a little eyebrow-wiggling from a soon-to-be-retired Arizona senator. Kathryn Krawczyk