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 that aired Sunday, Jeff Flake said that if that investigation found that Kavanaugh lied to the judicial committee during his hearing, his nomination would "be over", per CNN.
In Manchester, New Hampshire, Flake was asked what would cause him to vote "no" on nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Some Democratic members of Congress have accused the White House of stopping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.
The FBI is conducting a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh at the insistence of a handful of Republicans who said they wouldn't vote to confirm him otherwise.
"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", he said at the Forbes Under 30 Summit. And he will have resolved the contradictory they-were-both-credible formulation in favor of Kavanaugh and not Christine Blasey Ford.
The allegations have disrupted Kavanaugh's all-but-assured nomination to the Supreme Court and the Republicans' chance to shift the judiciary to the right for decades to come.
Arguably the biggest moment of Mr. Flake's more than 16-year career in Congress came Friday when he called for the Kavanaugh nomination to be delayed a week to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation time to investigate allegations of sexual assault that have been leveled against Mr. Trump's pick for the high court.
"I don't see that happening in my case".
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"There's a chance, and we knew that", he said. The stunning drama that unfolded last week - the highlights of which were Ford's gut-wrenching testimony of what she said happened to her 36 years ago and Kavanaugh's pained denial - has laid bare the hyperpartisan battle over what is supposed to be the least partisan branch of government.
"I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation, whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority", Mr. Trump said.
Should he oppose Trump in 2020, Flake is unlikely to win much support from New Hampshire Republicans, said Republican strategist Joel Maiola.
"There is a big concern among a lot of Republicans, traditional Republicans who believe in limited government, economic freedom, free trade, a strong America, American leadership", said Flake.
During a spring visit to the state, he declared his interest in a possible 2020 presidential bid - as a Republican or an independent - if no other Republican were to step up to challenge Trump.
"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.
Coons added, "I would think so". "The one thing I want is speed".