Gallagher said in a tweet that she felt relieved that Flake seemed to have heard her. "That you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies", she continued when Flake avoided eye contact. "That's what you're telling all of these women in America, that they don't matter", one of the women said through tears.
While Flake had entered an elevator, the women held the door open but the Senator repeatedly looked away or down and would not answer their questions or respond to their outrage. Republicans, including Flake, have said they're prepared to support Kavanaugh in large part because they have insufficient evidence in support of Ford's allegation.
Jeff Flake, though, was once considered to be a swing vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation. But Flake said he won't support final confirmation until the FBI investigates accusations of sexual assault made against Kavanaugh.
"There were interactions with a lot of people on the phone, email, text, walking around the Capitol, you name it", Flake said.
The panel met to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation the day after hours of testimony from the judge and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school. "What are you doing to our country?"
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"If you're looking for truth, this would be an utterly pointless exercise", he said.
The two protestors, identified by the New York Times and other outlets as Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, confronted Flake, holding open the door of his a elevator, demanding an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
Archila said in an interview with AP that she was sexually assaulted when she was 5 years old by a teenager when she and her family lived in Colombia. By announcing he will vote "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, Flake showed us that he does not care about our truths and does not care about women.
"Is it done? Is Flake's - is it going to happen, or did you cut off a vote?"
When the Senate Judiciary Committee met Friday morning, it passed a motion to set the vote for 1:30 p.m. Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happens to me'. They refused to allow him to leave until they were done telling their stories of sexual abuse, channeling "a rising anger among many who feel that, too often, women's voices are silenced and their pain ignored", as the Times wrote. "Not to say that you'll vote for judge Kavanaugh, '" he said, later adding that, "Some of us on the Republican side will feel more comfortable moving to the final vote once the Federal Bureau of Investigation has done a supplemental background check".
After hearing about Flake's request, she said the sequence of events suggested their conversation helped move him.