Trump reopens FBI investigation into Kavanaugh

Trump: I Could Change My Mind on Kavanaugh

Trump: I Could Change My Mind on Kavanaugh

Either way, his agreement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be allowed look again into Judge Kavanaugh's background and the allegations against him was a significant moment. "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well".

Judge has said he does not recall any such incident, and a Democratic motion Friday to subpoena him was blocked by Republicans in a vote.

The image of Mr Flake, cornered in a congressional lift, being berated by a number of women who said they themselves had been the victims of a sexual assault, was searing and unforgettable.

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.

Jeff Flake announced moments before a morning Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that he will support President Donald Trump's pick.

The investigation "would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today".

Without the support of Mr Flake and one other Republican senator -and assuming all Democrats vote against - the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh cannot occur. Patrick Leahy. "We're a very weak arm of the Trump White House".

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, 'No, thanks".

An initial procedural vote tomorrow in the Senate could pave the way for a vote to end debate on the nomination Monday and a final vote on Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Before he cast his vote recommending confirmation, Sen.

Flake said during Friday's committee debate.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime committee member, said he thinks Kavanaugh will get confirmed by a party-line vote.

"For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament", Kavanaugh said Thursday during his combative testimony. Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.

Hours later, the White House released a statement from Trump honoring the Senate's request: "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file".

Brett Kavanaugh gains key Republican senator ahead of crucial committee vote. Richard Durbin, Ford said she was "100% certain" it was Kavanaugh. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sens.

Flake's post on the committee has given him another platform.

The allegations against the Supreme Court nominee were put on display on Thursday in riveting testimony before the Senate committee when Christine Blasey Ford told her side of events that occurred decades ago and Kavanaugh delivered a defiant rebuttal.

Now, the FBI is likely "organizing their resources to ensure that every field office and every agent is available to conduct" the investigation within a week, said ABC News contributor and former FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Gomez.

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