The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a party-line vote Friday afternoon, sending his Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate a day after an emotional hearing where a California professor leveled sexual assault allegations that he adamantly denied.
The committee voted 11-10 to recommend Kavanaugh, with previously undecided Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., boosting the nominee with his late-breaking support.
However, that support came with a last-minute caveat. After meeting with Democrats behind closed doors ahead of the vote, Flake emerged to call for a delay in the full floor vote to allow for an FBI investigation “limited in time and scope.”
He backed Kavanaugh in the committee vote, but said he'd only be "comfortable" moving on the floor if the FBI investigates further.
He said the pause should last for no more than one week.
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