Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake considering 2020 presidential run

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake considering 2020 presidential run

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake considering 2020 presidential run

President Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during a Monday press conference, calling the judge's Senate confirmation process "not fair". In an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, Flake stated that Kavanaugh's nomination would be over if it was found he had lied in his testimony. That's what you're telling me when you vote for him.

Mr Ludington added that while youthful drinking should not condemn someone for life, he had nevertheless been concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat, wrote to White House counsel Donald McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray and asked that the committee be provided with a copy of the written directive the White House sent to the FBI, as well as the names of any additional witnesses or evidence if the probe is expanded.

Jeff Flake spoke Monday as he trekked across New England while exploring a possible run for president.

The FBI on Sunday interviewed Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a source familiar with the investigation confirmed to 9NEWS.

"We're friends because we have worked together, and we have worked together because the constitutional framework that created our government ingeniously makes governing hard and compromise inevitable", Flake said.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old federal appellate court judge, has unequivocally denied allegations that as a teenager in high school, he tried to sexually assault a 15-year-old during a house party in Maryland in the 1980s. But he drew an immediate parallel to the Kavanaugh controversy when he referenced pushback he received when he called for his Senate colleagues to hear both Kavanaugh and Ford with an open mind.

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By making it clear he wouldn't support Kavanaugh's confirmation without a brief FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee, he thrust himself squarely into the national spotlight.

"For the past year, I've been speaking about the condition of our democracy because my conscience has required me to do it", Flake said.

"We are going to keep pushing because justice in America is not just about protecting the powerful", Ocasio-Cortez said.

In an appearance earlier in the day in Boston, Flake said he wants to ensure that the FBI is able to do a "real investigation" into the allegations.

"He is taking flak from the left for not taking enough of a stand, and I am like, 'What more do you want?'" he said of the Kavanaugh battle. In March, he told New Hampshire Republicans that someone needs to stop Trump in the 2020 presidential contest.

"I don't think we win in national elections very often just by being angry and I think Flake speaks to a different type of Republican", he said.

"By the conventions of how party loyalists are supposed to behave, I hope to continue to fail my tribe", Flake said. I think it is badly needed. "The one thing I want is speed".

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