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Trump orders FBI to reopen background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

30 September 2018

"The Senate Judiciary Committee needs to slow down and postpone its vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court until the FBI can investigate accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by three women", Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor, wrote.

Later, he voted with the other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to refer Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, but also said that he had voted on the condition that there would be an FBI investigation of the allegations before a confirmation vote. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump said in a statement.

Christine Braley Ford is already pushing for removal of the one-week time limit senators agreed to Friday on a new FBI investigation of her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually molested her 36 years ago at a high school party. Flake earlier on Friday said he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and her staff knew about them even as Feinstein herself failed to bring them up in her meetings with Kavanaugh.

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In his opening statement Thursday, Kavanaugh said he's not questioning that Ford "may have been sexually assaulted" but that he was not the one who had done it. President Trump has given the OK for the FBI to conduct that investigation and a full Senate vote will not happen until those results are in.

However, he also said that the delay could eventually help both Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself. Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, miring the nomination in controversy.

Listening to Kavanaugh was just as hard as listening to Ford, Mendler said, but the experiences of hearing the two speak, at times in tears and with their voices shaking, was very different.

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Jeff Flake is an undecided Republican on the Judiciary Committee who is retiring and has made an enemy of Trump. Maybe Grassley will recover before Ford leaves the hearing, or in today's later questioning of Kavanaugh.

Mark Judge, a friend and high school classmate of Kavanaugh, is likely to be a prominent figure in any inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "They are just compiling the investigation and reporting on it". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another key swing vote, also announced her support for a delay Friday. "But I wasn't comfortable with the #MeToo movement saying he's a rapist", she said.

Bush has been picking up the phone to call Senators, lobbying them to support Mr Kavanaugh, who worked in the White House for Mr Bush and through him met his wife Ashley, who was Mr Bush's personal secretary. "I think it's galvanized the women on the right more than it's galvanized the women on the left".

Moments later, a visibly troubled Flake changed course, huddled with Democratic colleague and friend Sen.

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But other than that timeline and brief mention, the fact that two men came to the Senate Judiciary Committee to present themselves as potential predators got little attention.

Trump orders FBI to reopen background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh