Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reacted to the surprise call by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, despite voting to send his nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 in favor of recommending Kavanaugh on Friday.

Flake had been undecided before announcing his support for the nominee earlier in the day. He said before the vote that he, in agreement with Democrats, would be calling for a one-week delay to allow the FBI to investigate. 

"You know what you know, and you've heard what you're gonna hear," Graham said to reporters following the hearing. "But having said that, this is called democracy."


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Friday's committee hearing followed an impassioned hearing on Thursday with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

After Friday's meeting, Flake met with Democrats behind closed doors before calling for a delay in the full Senate floor vote.

Graham said that he believes the American public will feel better about Kavanaugh's character, should a potential FBI probe yield positive results for the nominee.

"I think people in the country are going to feel differently a week from now," he said.

Flake also said on Friday that the delay in voting shouldn't last more than one week.

Graham said that in his opinion, "you can have the FBI, the CIA and the Foreign Legion" investigate Kavanaugh and still not find any new information.

He added that Flake just wants to make sure the process of confirming the nominee is fair.

"I've never felt better about [Kavanaugh] being on the bench than I do right now," Graham said.

President Trump responded Friday afternoon to the news, saying he's relying on the Republican senators to do what they need to do. 

"They have to do what they think is right," he said at the White House.


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