Flake says if FBI investigation finds Kavanaugh lied, nomination is over
Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks with committee colleagues during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. – Kavanaugh’s contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote Friday, the day after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
By Kate Sullivan, CNN
“If Kavanaugh is shown to have lied to the committee, nomination’s over?” Scott Pelley of CBS’s “60 Minutes” asked Flake, an Arizona Republican, and Coons, a Delaware Democrat, who are friends.
“Oh yes,” Flake said, nodding.
Coons added, “I would think so.”
Just as Republicans on the Judiciary Committee were about to favorably recommend the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Friday, Flake had a change of heart.
Flake voted for Kavanaugh to move out of the committee, but said he would not vote for the nominee on the Senate floor without an FBI investigation of the sexual assault and misconduct allegations made against him. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.