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Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right

Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right
© Greg Nash

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report Profiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers McSally concedes Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) said it didn't seem right for Republicans to celebrate after the confirmation of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty COVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process MORE.

"Frankly, I've looked at what's happened since he's been confirmed and to see our party kind of spiking the ball in the end zone it just doesn't seem right," Flake told C-SPAN on Thursday.

"This is an impartial referee that we're putting on the court," Flake said, adding that Kavanaugh gave a "magnanimous" and "appropriate" speech following his confirmation.

"But the fact that there is even an event to celebrate, you know with only Republicans there, no Democrats, I just didn't think that that was right."

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Republicans on and off the Hill have been celebrating Kavanaugh's confirmation after a brutal fight in the Senate.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers MORE (R-S.C.), one of Kavanaugh's most adamant supporters, posted after the vote that he was "not tired of winning."

Flake, who has been critical of the administration, broke from his fellow Republicans in the final stretch when he called for a weeklong FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. 

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations, for which no corroborating evidence had emerged prior to the investigation.

Republicans who viewed the FBI's report say the agency's probe found no further corroborating evidence, which Democrats do not deny, instead contending that the FBI probe was not sufficiently thorough. 

Flake ultimately voted for Kavanaugh but has faced passionate criticism on the right for is actions.

"Wasn't popular at the time I can tell you that," Flake told C-SPAN regarding his call for an FBI investigation.

"In the end the delay proved to be a good thing in my view," Flake said.