Jeff Flake wrongly delayed the already partisanship-drenched Kavanaugh vote by allowing a week-long FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault, write the editors of National Review. Democrats have shown that they wouldn’t forgive Brett Kavanaugh if he were to be deemed innocent. The FBI is unlikely to bring anything conclusive to this story. And the fact that this investigation is only a week long will surely mean that Democrats will call for it to be extended if it ends without their desired result. Flake dragged out this deeply-partisan hearing, giving it room to become even uglier. He should have allowed Kavanaugh to be confirmed instead.
While a far stronger stance was needed, Jeff Flake made the right call in delaying the Kavanaugh vote to allow the FBI to investigate, holds Harry Cheadle of Vice. Given the very serious allegations against the potential Supreme Court judge, it was necessary to get as close to the truth as possible. Flake likely agreed to this, hoping that it would accelerate Kavanaugh’s appointment by providing no new proof against him. He is still motivated by his partisan desire to have a right-wing judge on the Supreme Court. One way or another, allowing the FBI to investigate was a compromise of some sorts. It could reveal details critical to this situation.