Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told the Forbes “30 Under 30” Summit Monday that the FBI Investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has to be “real.”
"We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation and we are working to make sure that that happens," Flake commented.
Flake did not reply directly to the question of whether he would vote “no” on Kavanaugh’s nomination if the FBI investigation is not to his liking.
Sen. Jeff Flake says "we certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation" on Brett Kavanaugh: "It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover...we actually need to find out what we can find out." https://t.co/pWOU760blC pic.twitter.com/duhBTNFplP— ABC News (@ABC) October 1, 2018
"It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example. We actually need to find out what we can find out," Flake emphasized.
“And we have to realize that we may not be able to find out everything that happened,” he added. “This is something that was a while ago. Some witnesses or potential witnesses may not want to cooperate but for those who can and those who we can compel to cooperate we’ve got to do a fulsome investigation.”
During the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, Sen. Flake insisted that he did not think they should have a full vote on Kavanaugh until there was a week-long FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
GOP leadership reached an agreement for a time-limited FBI probe into the allegations that the White House then ordered.
Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford both gave emotional testimonies last Thursday on allegations that he groped her and pinned her down while he was drunk at a party in high school.
Kavanaugh fully denies her allegations and the witnesses she initially claimed were present have no memory of such an incident.
Julie Swetnick, through her lawyer Michael Avenatti, claims that Kavanaugh was part of a group of high school guys that spiked the punch at parties and gang raped girls.
Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanuagh, claimed in a New Yorker article published Sunday, that he exposed himself to her at a college party although, The New Yorker acknowledges, she was initially “reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.”
Kavanaugh denies both of those allegations as well.