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Senator Jeff Flake reveals threats tied to Kavanaugh bid

Posted at 11:16 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 17:32:51-04

A Republican senator says his family has received death threats since he asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

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Jeff Flake of Arizona is warning other senators that they have "lit a match" with the "unseemly" confirmation process.

Flake is a key Republican who has yet to announce how he will vote on Kavanaugh.

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After he pressed for Thursday's committee hearing with Ford, Flake said a caller told him to quit getting in the way of President Donald Trump's court choice. Flake says the caller warned he would take Flake and his family "out."

Republicans are pushing to confirm Kavanaugh by next week.

Flake says the only certainty about the vote is that the outcome "will forever be steeped in doubt."