While Flake was prepared to vote to advance the Kavanaugh nomination earlier in the day Friday before reaching an agreement with Coons and several other senators to effectively force a one week delay to allow time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct interviews into sexual assault allegations against the nominee, his comments Monday evening rejected the impulse to move ahead as quickly as possible. Jeff Flake, who said he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation before shocking the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday by calling for the process to be slowed so the FBI could investigate. The 55-year-old Republican, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of the year, has already declared his interest in a possible 2020 presidential bid - as a Republican or an independent - in part to stop Trump from winning a second term.
Stephen Duprey, a member of the Republican National Committee from New Hampshire, said Mr. Trump would be hard to beat.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh offered a direct message to the Republican senator from Arizona.
Earlier in the day, hundreds crowded City Hall Plaza outside the Forbes conference waving signs and listening to local Democratic politicians and activists speak in the hopes of persuading Flake to deny Kavanaugh the Supreme Court seat.
"The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close", McConnell said.
Flake said the FBI investigation will lead to additional interviews and could reveal new information.
"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Flake said.
"My message here today is that tribalism is ruining us", said the Arizona Republican at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
Asked if he would have done that if he were running for reelection, Flake, who has announced his retirement from the Senate, immediately said, "No".
"Whether you are for or against Judge Kavanaugh going to the Supreme Court, it will only benefit the country if the investigation is regarded as fair, clear, and not constrained, particularly by partisan means".
"I don't see that happening in my case".
"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. A US official also told The Post that a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, is not expected to be interviewed. "The one thing I want is speed".
"I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation", he said.
Mr Ludington, who teaches at North Carolina State University, said in a statement: "On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer".
He may not be the one to challenge Trump in the next presidential election, Flake said at the Boston event.
He went on to decry the Republican Party in his speech, saying members of the party have "given in to the awful tribal impulse that first mistakes our opponents for our enemies" that lead the party to becoming "seized with the conviction that we must destroy that enemy". Feinstein (or the Democrats) kept these allegations to themselves when there was a method in the process of the committee to investigate these allegations without exposing the identity of Ms. Ford, but rather to go public after 45 days makes me think there must be another agenda.