A Republican-led committee has approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday but in a dramatic development, Republican Senator Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the judge before a final Senate vote.
The intervention of Flake, a moderate, means a final Senate vote on the nomination could be delayed for up to a week so that the possible FBI investigation can be completed if Republican Senate leaders agree to his demand. Democrats had called for an FBI probe, but Republicans had opposed the move.
“I’m going to let the Senate handle that. They’ll make their decisions. And they’ve been doing a good job. Very professional,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when told about Flake’s request.