Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
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By John Patrick Pullen
September 28, 2018

Before Senator Jeff Flake shocked the world by requesting an FBI investigation into sexual assault claims made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, the Arizona Republican was confronted in an elevator by two protestors who attempted to convince him to call for the probe. The scene was caught on video by people in the hallway, and may have ultimately tipped the scales in Flake’s determining whether to make his pitch to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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 FBI probe. Cheddar’s J.D. Durkin was among the first to broadcast video of the scene via Twitter:

CNN offered an alternate angle of the confrontation, in which Flake can be seen to be visibly affected by Archila and Gallagher’s pleas. “You’re telling all women that they don’t matter—that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you’re going to ignore them,” Gallagher told Flake. “That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you’re telling all women in America.”

“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” she continued. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter.” Flake appeared to look up fleetingly throughout the confrontation, but mostly avoided eye contact with the women.

ABC News reported with a wider view of the commotion, showing just how many people were on-hand to see the protestors plead their case to Flake.

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