CBS News has confirmed that the White House has authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand the initial scope of the review to include interviews of anyone it deems necessary in order to vet those misconduct claims, and the president on Monday said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview "anybody" they want to, "within reason".
The true test for Flake would come once the full Senate votes on the Kavanaugh nomination in the coming days, Walsh said.
Flake made his decision after a dramatic confrontation with two female protestors, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who blocked the door of his elevator before the committee meeting.
Sen. Flake voted to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation pending the outcome of an FBI investigation.
The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.
"We're friends because we have worked together, and we have worked together because the constitutional framework that created our government ingeniously makes governing hard and compromise inevitable", Flake said.
"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Arizona Sen.
Heitkamp, meanwhile, noted that Trump himself called for a "broader" FBI investigation into the allegations.
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The morning after Ford and Kavanaugh both testified, Flake issued a statement indicating that he would support Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford. But rather the fact that Judge Kavanaugh - now listen to this - drank beer in high school and college. He lashed out at senators who asked if he had ever blacked out. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., "Have you?"
"I don't see that happening in my case".
Former classmates have stepped forward to challenge Kavanaugh's testimony about his drinking.
"They [the White House] can not say, "Oh hey, only interview the people in their neighborhood on one side of the street.' Or 'Only interview people from a certain period of their life, '" Sen. Who wouldn't be angry about that?" he said. A third Republican who is running for Senate in MS - controversial state Sen.
"He's on trial for his life, so is his spouse, so are his parents, so are his kids, and he got mad". "I think it's a very conservative party right now". Senators have said they want the investigation completed by Friday.
"He is taking flak from the left for not taking enough of a stand, and I am like, 'What more do you want?'" he said of the Kavanaugh battle. They should interview, but also be guided.
"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.
Still, Trump slammed Senate Democrats during a campaign rally in Tennessee Monday night.
He went on to decry the Republican Party in his speech, saying members of the party have "given in to the bad tribal impulse that first mistakes our opponents for our enemies" that lead the party to becoming "seized with the conviction that we must destroy that enemy".