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"It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Flake said. "We actually need to find out what we can find out", Flake emphasized. It's his second appearance this year in the state that hosts the nation's first presidential primary election.

Since then, reports about the White House limiting the scope of the FBI investigation had given rise to a new round of partisan bickering. Jeff Flake told hundreds of young people at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

Flake told reporters that "any nominee that lies to the committee, that is disqualifying".

Asked later in the "60 Minutes" interview whether the nomination would end if the probe shows that Kavanaugh had not been truthful in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Flake, joined by his colleague, Sen.

Organizers of the Boston event said they moved the location to City Hall after security concerns emerged about the original location.

The drawback to having no Plan B for the nomination is that it leaves the White House (almost) completely at Flake's mercy.

"One man, somewhere in the country, called my office in Arizona and left a message saying that he was exhausted of my "interrupting our president" and for the offense of allowing Dr. Ford to be heard - for this offense, my family and I would be 'taken out, '" Flake revealed. The nominee forcefully and tearfully denied the assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, who testified earlier in the day, and separate claims by two other women who weren't called to testify.

During an angry and emotional statement to a nomination hearing in Washington last week, Mr Kavanaugh said he "drank beer with my friends".

"We're considering it here on the floor", McConnell said.

Kavanaugh denies both of those allegations as well.

Flake, as IJR noted, called for an FBI investigation after two women confronted him on an elevator on Friday - an encounter that, he said, "struck a chord". 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.

"I had been troubled for awhile. That's about the level of care that we are now bringing to the proceedings", he said. "I think it's a very conservative party right now". "I thought it was a bad moment in many different ways", he said.

Question: If the feds come back on, say, Wednesday with interviews related to the assault allegations and there's nothing to substantiate any of them, would Flake and Collins send them back out into the field on Thursday and Friday to see if Kavanaugh perjured himself?

"You don't let that person disappear to the beach, with their clothes stacked in a vehicle, and hide from process". Look at me when I'm talking to you.

CBS News has confirmed that the White House has authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand the initial scope of the review to include interviews of anyone it deems necessary in order to vet those misconduct claims, and the president on Monday said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview "anybody" they want to, "within reason".

"By the conventions of how party loyalists are supposed to behave, I hope to continue to fail my tribe", Flake said.

"Lying about your drinking, that's a little tougher and more fungible answer, I think, as to what drinking in excess means", said Flake.