Flake faces this dilemma: If, after the FBI completes its investigation, he votes to confirm this highly problematic Supreme Court nominee, he will have reduced his national moment to a fleeting one.
Flake said that experience was one of many similar exchanges he and other members of the Senate have had during the Kavanaugh confirmation process that convinced him to do what he did next - force a week-long FBI investigation by threatening to vote against Kavanaugh.
As the FBI investigates, a former Yale University classmate accused Kavanaugh of not being truthful about the extent of his drinking during his younger years. Mitchell concluded in her memo: "I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".
I have been a registered Democrat all my life but I never thought I'd be ashamed to say so.
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. A similar demonstration was planned for New Hampshire.
During an angry and emotional statement to a nomination hearing in Washington last week, Mr Kavanaugh said he "drank beer with my friends". Feinstein did not mention the letter in any hearings with Kavanaugh, and its contents were later leaked to the press, leading Ford to reveal publicly her accusation.
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The nuclear diplomacy later came to a standstill amid disputes over how honest North Korea is about disarmament. They also reportedly dismantled propaganda, loudspeakers and some guard posts along the militarized border.
When asked what he thought the chances were that after the FBI wraps up its investigation, "we are going to be in exactly the same place", Flake responded: "There is a chance that that will happen", but added he does think progress can be made.
The FBI is expected to spend the coming days investigating the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.
"No, not a chance", Flake said.
"There's no value to reaching across the aisle", Flake said, elaborating on his answer.
The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive Supreme Court debate promised Monday to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee should an ongoing federal investigation determine he lied under oath. But he also acknowledged that it may further complicate matters.
"This is very important to many of us", said Hedberg of protesting Kavanaugh's nomination. "That's about the level of care that we are now bringing to the proceedings", he said.
Deborah Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party while they were both students at Yale. A USA official also told The Post that a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, is not expected to be interviewed.