GOP advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) listened to testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser on Thursday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.

CNN offered an alternate angle of the confrontation, in which Flake can be seen to be visibly affected by Archila and Gallagher's pleas.

"You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter", a woman, audibly emotional, can be heard telling Flake. "That's what you're telling all women in America - that they don't matter, they should just keep it to themselves". What are you doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

Flake says that without evidence to corroborate Ford's story, he believes "our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence".

Democrats have been particularly focused on getting more information from Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said was also in the room during her alleged assault. "That's what you're telling me right now!"

"Senator Flake, who went from an Undecided to a Yes vote for Judge Kavanaugh, will be in town on Monday to discuss 'The Future of the Republican Party, '" a Facebook event post for the demonstration reads.

Andrew Bringuel, a now-retired FBI Agent Supervisor Instructor and Researcher at the FBI Academy's Behavioral Science Unit with more than 27 years of experience, told Law&Crime just yesterday that Single Scope Background Investigations typically take 7 months.


The video shows Archila raising her voice as Flake and his staff stand in an elevator near his office. Gallagher added that she had never told anybody about assault before and it was only after her confrontation with Flake went viral, that her mother called to talk about it.

The activist from Queens first told Cooper that it all started when they saw Flake headed towards the elevator and they ran behind him. "No one told me they made a decision and we're all still looking and talking and comparing". Cooper then asked. "Did you think he wanted to stay longer?"

According to USA Today, the woman is Center for Popular Democracy co-executive director Ana Maria Archila. "I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford's story that she's telling the truth". "He kept saying thank you and I'm sorry and wasn't taking into account what his action would be doing to millions of people and what this means for everyone".

Flake was on his way to the morning hearing when the two women, both affiliated with advocacy groups, told him they were sexual assault survivors. "I was demanding a connection, demanding that he look at us, demanding that he give us real answers", she said.

Flake is joined by Democratic Senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) in proposing the one-week investigation. Flake had said repeatedly he would only make up his mind after hearing both sides' testimony.

One of the women said she had been raped.

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