Sen. Jeff Flake Cornered by Protesters After Decision to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

29 September, 2018, 08:51 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Ross D. Franklin  AP

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Republican Sen.

A protester who said she was sexually assaulted approached Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator Friday after he released a statement saying he would be voting in favor of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court.

Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila had rushed after Flake in a Capitol Hill hallway and blocked the doors to the elevator Flake was in after he announced his decision. "You're telling all women that they don't matter-that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you're going to ignore them", Gallagher told Flake.

"Look at me when I talk to you!" one of the women yelled at the Arizona Republican just minutes after he announced he would vote to confirm the federal judge. "That's what you're telling all of these women in America, that they don't matter", one of the women said through tears.

"What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court!" she alleged.

Another woman said: "You have children in your family! ".

CNN's cameras caught protesters confronting Mr. Flake in an elevator just after he issued his statement and as he was trying to make his way to the committee room to vote. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegation.


Flake did not respond to the woman in the moment.

The committee vote was 11-10 along party lines.

The Judiciary Committee had gathered Friday morning to consider whether to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor.

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

Flake and two other key Republican swing votes on the Kavanaugh nomination - Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - will ultimately decide the judge's fate.Collins and Murkowski are undecided, along with West Virginia Sen. He quietly listened to the women and alternated between making eye contact with them and looking down at the ground. Those same Republicans then take steps to voluntarily leave themselves in the dark, not only finding no need for an Federal Bureau of Investigation examination, but rejecting efforts to hear directly from relevant witnesses.

Graham said he was headed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) office to have a discussion with McConnell and Flake.

Corker has previously has clashed with President Donald Trump, calling the White House an "adult day care center", however, he decided on Thursday that he will vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee's confirmation.

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