Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ.), an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, generated headlines during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. In this interview with FRONTLINE, he speaks out about his reaction to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, his famous elevator interaction with two activists, how and why he brokered a deal to delay the Kavanaugh vote, and why he ultimately voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
This interview was conducted by FRONTLINE on December 12, 2018 during the making of “Supreme Revenge.”
This extended interview is being published as part of the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind FRONTLINE’s reporting. View a version of this interview that includes an interactive text transcript, and explore dozens of other interviews shedding light on three decades of Supreme Court confirmation battles, on FRONTLINE’s website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/interview-collection/supreme-revenge/
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