'Not a chance': Flake admits he would not have deviated from party line and asked for FBI probe if he was seeking re-election
Republican Senator of Arizona, Jeff Flake, on Sunday said that if he were running for re-election, there was "not a chance" that he would have called for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations laid against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Flake made the statement during his appearance on CBS' '60 Minutes.' The Senator said "not a chance" after he was asked if he would have asked for the probe into Kavanaugh allegations if he were running for the midterm elections in November.
Could Senator Jeff Flake have pushed for compromise in the Kavanaugh confirmation process if he were up for re-election? pic.twitter.com/rIFvnKlsqF— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 1, 2018
"There’s no value to reaching across the aisle. There’s no currency for that anymore. There’s no incentive," Flake said.
Flake made the statement days after Senate voting on Kavanaugh's nomination and the extraordinary and historic hearing of clinical psychology professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly detailed her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Ford's testimony, was widely seen as credible as she asked for an FBI investigation into her claims and stood in stark contrast to Kavanaugh's, who not even once conceded to an FBI investigation, repeatedly suggesting that the Senate hearing was enough. The Supreme Court nominee has also been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women — Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. Kavanaugh, however, has denied all the allegations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee subsequently agreed on an FBI investigation into the allegations after Republican Senator Jeff Flake said that he would withdraw his vote if an FBI investigation is not conducted. Flake, before calling for the investigation, was confronted by a woman in an elevator of the Senate building, who said that she was a victim of sexual assault.
The Arizona senator, in a statement on Sunday, said that the encounter with the woman in the elevator along with the testimonies he had heard on Thursday made him think that the hearings are "tearing the country apart."
Flake, during the interview, also said that he plans to vote along with other Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination unless the FBI investigation finds something.
“If Judge Kavanaugh is shown to have lied to the committee, nomination’s over?” CBS News’ Scott Pelley asked Flake in the '60 Minutes' interview. "Oh yes," Flake responded. In another interview appearance with The Atlantic, the senator said that he would vote for Kavanaugh "unless they turn up something — and they might.”