Republicans vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh but Flake asks for FBI inquiry

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Moments before Senate vote, Flake threatened to oppose Kavanaugh if there was no further examination of the allegations

Senate Republicans have voted to advance the confirmation of US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an extraordinary display of 11th-hour drama that saw a key Republican senator break ranks and call for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump’s pick for America’s highest bench.

Moments before the Senate judiciary committee voted 11-10, along strict party lines, to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the floor for the full chamber’s consideration, Senator Jeff Flake announced he would support a “limited” FBI investigation and threatened to oppose Kavanaugh if there was no further examination of the allegations against him.

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