Federal Bureau of Investigation probe ordered against Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Jeff Flake R-AZ speaks with Sen. Chuck Grassley R-IA Chairman during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting

Sen. Jeff Flake R-AZ speaks with Sen. Chuck Grassley R-IA Chairman during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting

Since then, President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to "update Judge Kavanaugh's file".

His accuser, Christine Ford, said Kavanaugh allegedly tried to rape her at a high school party when they were teenagers.

Sanders said Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit", Kavanaugh said, "fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups".

Kavanaugh denies these allegations and others that have been lodged against him. An attorney for Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Saturday night.

Flake conceded that opponents of Kavanaugh's confirmation may try to use the delay to dig up more dirt on him.

Perhaps. The FBI has wide discretion in determining the scope of the investigation.

Flake's 11th-hour move played out on national television amid heated partisan debate and raucous protests in the halls of the Capitol, where several women cornered the Arizona senator in an elevator demanding he oppose Kavanaugh.

After hearing about Flake's request, she said the sequence of events suggested their conversation helped move him. "And we have to ensure that we do due diligence here".

"Republicans have to ask themselves if they're willing not only to sell the soul of the party, but sell their own souls to get this particular conservative on the Supreme Court", Horn said in an interview. All 11 are Republicans, the party of President Trump.

Republicans see Kavanaugh as pivotal to their gaining control of the nine-member Supreme Court bench. Many conservatives hope Kavanaugh's appointment leads to a reversal of the court's protection for women's abortion rights and for "affirmative action" programs supporting minorities in schools and jobs.

The stakes could not be higher for the deliberative body. He said he heard of the assault that same day and physically confronted the two attackers, according to the documents.

"Don't look away from me!"

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher. She testified before the same panel immediately ahead of Kavanaugh.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Kavanaugh said he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the selection process and participated in several background calls with the Senate.

One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, on Friday said "no artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed" on the new FBI investigation, USA media reported. "Sheldon Whitehouse alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted an acquaintance on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985, but Grassley said the person later "'recanted' and apologized for the allegation via social media.

"You may defeat me in the final vote", he said. "This is a circus".

In addition to Ford and Ramirez, another woman, Julie Swetnik, who said she knew Kavanaugh in high school, alleged in a sworn statement this week that Kavanaugh and Judge got teenage girls drunk at parties, where the girls were sexually assaulted, sometimes by groups of boys.

"We're on the nomination, and we're moving forward", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.

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