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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch

Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee both voted to advance the nomination to the full Senate last Friday as another GOP colleague, Jeff Flake of Arizona, successfully pushed for a one-week delay before a final vote while the FBI investigates the allegations. In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee Thursday, Kavanaugh often brought up Keyser's statement as proof of his innocence, although he omitted that Keyser said that she believed Ford.

Judge has said he would "cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations". She also said that Keyser "has significant health challenges".

Yes - the probe he ordered Friday afternoon.

"Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh", Trump tweeted, "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!"

An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the investigation, including how many agents would be assigned and whether it could be completed in a week.

Trump, under pressure from members of his own party, has directed the FBI to renew an investigation into Kavanaugh's background. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

For example, field agents likely will ask about Kavanaugh's use of alcohol in high school and college more than they would in a normal background investigation, a former official said.

But I have to believe that there was a certain amount of cringing going on last night. But people should be cautious in any expectations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation alone can resolve the questions over Kavanaugh, Hosko added.

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"On Monday, I stood in front of your office", Archila, co-executive director of the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action, told Flake. "So they will be looking at all those things, but they will be doing it with an objective eye".

Ms. Ford, a psychologist, says she herself met Mr. Kavanaugh as the two traveled in similar social circles. The agency can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations. But what exactly the FBI will investigate still remains a mystery.

Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, had alleged that Kavanaugh had assaulted her during a party in the 1980s when they were both in high school. Democrats have been calling for such a probe, though Republicans and the White House have insisted it was unnecessary. "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".

Coons of DE said that after Flake announced his support for Kavanaugh earlier Friday, they had a private conversation and Coons said he told Flake, "I respect you as my friend, but I'm having difficulty with your vote".

Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the center of the drama and uncertainty.

Flake was persuaded as he watched Coons renew his call for an FBI investigation.

In addition to Blasey Ford, two other women have come forward with allegations of assault against Kavanaugh, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.

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