Trump asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe claims against Kavanaugh

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Ford has accused Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend, of participating in the incident, so she suggested it's no surprise if Judge denied her charge. "Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time". But while doing so, Kavanaugh refused to say that he supported an FBI investigation when he was pressed by lawmakers on that panel. Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were Yale students. Grassley said the committee took the allegations seriously, and questioned Kavanaugh about them on September 25.

The FBI investigation was ordered by President Donald Trump Friday after Sen.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority on the powerful committee, where Flake announced early Friday morning that he will vote with the majority to pass Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate with a recommendation for confirmation.

The FBI investigation into Ford's and Ramirez's claims came after a dramatic showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, in which Sen.

Currently, three women have come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual harassment or assault during his high school and college years.

If confirmed, Mr Kavanaugh would consolidate conservative control of the nation's highest court and advance Mr Trump's broad effort to shift the American judiciary to the right.

Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.

"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me". Members voted on Friday night to formally open consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination, a procedural move allowing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to keep his options open.

Returning from the hidden arm-twisting effort, Flake told the committee that he would vote to move the nomination to the full Senate but was asking Republican leaders to delay a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates -- with a one-week deadline - sexual harassment accusations made against Kavanaugh. She also said Ms. Keyser socialized with the other attendees, meaning Mr. Kavanaugh.

The committee vote took place under extraordinarily tense circumstances, with America's political polarization on full display on Capitol Hill as Kavanaugh's supporters and opponents squared off in hearing rooms and protest-filled hallways.

Flake said he was overwhelmed by "the hearing itself, the aftermath of the hearing, watching pundits talk about it on cable TV, seeing the protesters outside, encountering them in the hall". Based on the discussion that unfolded this afternoon, Flake has endorsed a Democratic call for Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of sexual-assault allegations into Kavanaugh. "And I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week, in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there".

"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me", the other woman, Maria Galagher said.

An attorney for Keyser, a friend of Ford's, emphasized that Keyser has no recollection of the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her. "But you'll never get me to quit".

Then Grassley asked the inevitable question, and he did it with relish: if Sanders had been so cocksure that Kavanaugh needed to be defeated, did the fact that he was interested in the new investigation mean he was considering changing his mind?

Other senators backed Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote for Kavanaugh.

"I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said. But the senator said that unless the FBI investigation revealed new concerns, he was likely to support the judge's confirmation.

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