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2 women confront Sen. Jeff Flake after he announces his Kavanaugh vote

Sep 28, 2018, 7:53 AM | Updated: 12:35 pm

Moments after Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court on Friday, two women tearfully confronted him at an elevator questioning his decision.

Flake had released a statement that he could vote in favor of the Judiciary Committee moving forward with the nomination. Shortly after, the women followed him and began loudly criticizing his decision.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were in high school. He and Christine Blasey Ford spent Thursday testifying at a Senate hearing about the allegation.

One of women yelling at Flake said Kavanaugh sitting on the Supreme Court was “not tolerable.”

Another woman tearfully demanded that Flake look at her while she spoke, and said that his voting to confirm Kavanaugh was the same as “telling me my assault doesn’t matter. .. that what happened to me doesn’t matter. … and you’re going to let people who do these things into power.”

Flake quietly thanked them before a member of his staff said they needed to go and the doors closed.

The American Bar Association has urged the committee and the full Senate to hold off the vote until the FBI had investigated the assault claims.

A committee confirmation vote was set for 10:30 a.m. Arizona time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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