What the FBI's Kavanaugh investigation will entail

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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch

Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel and a Republican state representative from Daniel Island, South Carolina, said she had been sexually assaulted as a teen herself.

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.

Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.

The new investigation by the FBI is a limited background check of Kavanaugh, not a full-fledged criminal inquiry. This mean that the full Senate will not vote early next week, as expected. "It's about sinking Donald Trump and it's about politicizing the Supreme Court".

Republicans agreed to Flake's demand, which puts the vote to confirm Kavanaugh by at least a week. They convened late into the evening in a room in the Capitol with various senators, including Collins and Murkowski, raising pointed questions, according to those familiar with the private meeting but granted anonymity to discuss it. The Republican lawmaker was rushed into surgery for an emergency appendectomy early that morning, he said Friday. But there was no specific direction as to what that might include.

Kavanaugh denies these allegations and others that have been lodged against him.

Judge, the high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford says was in the room during the alleged assault, has also agreed to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Judge has said he does not recall any such incident.

"Based on what we publicly know as far as the universe of people, I don't see any reason why the FBI could not complete an investigation within one week", said Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer and expert in security clearance and background investigations. "I didn't tell anyone, and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them", Gallagher said.

Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the centre of Friday's uncertainty. Jon Tester announced Friday they would stick with the Democratic minority in opposing the nomination.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation, as well as those of two other women that emerged afterward.

The confrontation was captured by television cameras. "It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigation", the Iowa Republican wrote.

Friday evening's procedural motion means the Senate will officially be considering Kavanaugh's nomination while the FBI investigates sexual assault allegations against the judge. The White House would then likely share the material with the Senate committee.

Ultimately, Flake stopped short of where Democrats hoped he would land, which was putting a hold on a committee vote.

Female voices have echoed throughout the U.S. Senate this week demanding male senators justify their support for Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination despite an allegation of high school sexual assault.

Attention quickly turned to a handful of undeclared senators.

Flake told The Atlantic that he plans to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation, "unless they turn up something - and they might". "This is ripping us apart, and there are enough things ripping us apart", he said.

Flake's vote on final approval is not assured either. "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist". Avenatti said. He noted that Swetnick has had multiple security clearances and said that lying in a sworn declaration would be disastrous to her career.

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