There is no indication that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who controls the floor, has agreed to this plan.
Will Flake prove strong enough to resist the pressure to vote for Kavanaugh within 48 hours, or to fight for what he says he's standing for?
Nah. He's trying to grow a spine, but this time it does legitimately come too late. On the other hand, does McConnell have the votes?
“I do think we can have a short pause and make sure the FBI can investigate,” Flake said, adding that he and other members are prepared to make a request to the White House to order an FBI investigation. “I’ve spoken to a few other members who — on my side of the aisle that may be supportive as well, but that’s my position. I think that we ought to do what we can to make sure that we do all due diligence with a nomination this important.”
Well, he does if those other members are as resolute as Flake. Just don't be surprised if Kavanaugh is confirmed before October 1.
Will Flake be as resolute as Murkowski? That's the next question.BREAKING: Sen. Murkowski, key Republican vote for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, says she supports Sen. Flake's call for a brief reopening of FBI background investigation on Kavanaugh - @LACaldwellDC— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 28, 2018
Well, it doesn't matter now:
Statement from President @realDonaldTrump:— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 28, 2018
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”