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Twitter reacts to Jeff Flake, Kavanaugh vote, call for FBI investigation

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., after speaking during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about an investigation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., after speaking during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about an investigation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen. Flake for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegation against the high court nominee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday to proceed the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a full Senate floor vote. And they called for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on him.

But the decision didn’t come without drama. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake — who earlier in the day said he would vote “yes” on Kavanaugh — said that it "would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week" to accommodate an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Other senators — including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski — joined Flake’s call for an investigation.

Later in the afternoon, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said the Republican Party would allow an FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh that would last “no more than one week.” The Senate Judiciary confirmed their call for an investigation, too.

President Donald Trump has agreed to authorize an FBI investigation.

Politicians, public figures and more all responded to the news Friday afternoon:

President Donald Trump:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Maine Sen. Susan Collins

Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley

Media member Tomi Lahren

Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor at First Dallas Baptist

Mormon Women for Ethical Government: