There is no chance Sen. Jeff Flake would have called for an FBI probe into allegations Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had he been up for reelection in November, the Republican lawmaker from Arizona said Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
“Not a chance," Flake said when asked by Scott Pelley on CBS's "60 Minutes" whether he would have asked for the investigation.
"There’s no value to reaching across the aisle," he added. "There’s no currency for that anymore. There’s no incentive."
Flake, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013, opted not to seek re-election after publicly sparring with President Donald Trump and losing the support of Republicans in his state.
Flake on Friday voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor, but only if the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to a one-week investigation against the high court nominee. The panel had listened to testimony from Kavanaugh and one of the women who has accused him of sexual misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford.
Two other women have gone public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, and one has already spoken with FBI – Deborah Ramirez. Another accuser, Julie Swetnick, has not been contacted by the FBI, according to her lawyer.
Kavanaugh has denied all the claims.
Flake decided to call for the FBI probe following a conversation with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons.
“I followed Jeff into the anteroom, and he said very intently, ‘This is tearing our country apart.’ We have to do something. Eventually, we literally had the whole-- the whole committee crammed into this tiny, little hallway.”
“Jeff's the hero here,” he added. “He's the person who wanted a moment just to-- just to, you know, go over what are the legitimate concerns and grievances by Republicans on the committee about the process and the complaints and how we got here.”
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