Sen. Jeff Flake, one of a handful of senators who could determine the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, voted Friday to advance the nomination, under the condition that the floor vote will be pushed back one week to allow time for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.
Senators from both sides of the aisle praised the delay. “We are in a better place than we were at 8 a.m. this morning,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, talking to reporters after the hearing, said he hoped that allowing time for an investigation would end Democrats’ disputes over the process of Kavanaugh’s embattled confirmation. “Jeff’s trying his best to bring the country together,” the South Carolina Republican said.