Flake calls for one-week delay to floor vote on Kavanaugh – BY ALEXANDER BOLTON AND JORDAIN CARNEY – 09/28/18 01:53 PM EDT

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Friday called for a one-week delay in a Senate floor vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying he would vote to advance the nomination given that deal.

Flake said he was voting for Kavanaugh with the understanding that Republican colleagues would support a one-week delay to give the FBI time to investigate.

“I have been speaking with a number of people on the other side … in regard to making sure that we do due diligence here,” Flake said.

“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope,” Flake added.

“I will only comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already,” he continued. “It may not take them a week. I understand that some of these witnesses may not want to discuss anything further but I think we owe them due diligence.”

— Lydia Wheeler contributed reporting



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