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President Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to reopen the investigation on Kavanaugh's background, after Sen. "The White House has been very actively engaging the Senate", he said.

In a separate statement simultaneously released by the White House, Kavanaugh said he will continue to cooperate with further investigation.

After Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) publicly announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this morning, the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared to be a foregone conclusion.

Kavanaugh's third accuser, Julie Swetnick, who is Jewish, stepped forward this week, alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct as a high schooler. "The Senate should not delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh another day".

But on Friday, when it appeared they might not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh without allowing a probe, they agreed to delay the confirmation vote by a week and Trump directed the FBI to investigate. "It is what is right and fair for Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people".

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.

"This is all a gentlemen's and -women's agreement", Grassley said after the committee vote.

Another Kavanaugh accuser also alleges that Judge and Kavanaugh sought on multiple occasions in high school to drug inebriated girls for nonconsensual sex with multiple boys - an accusation Kavanaugh has strongly denied.

When Dr. Ford's allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote.

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.

On Saturday morning, after President Trump authorized a one-week Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Ms. Ford's charges, Mr. Walsh again repeated her denial in a new statement to committee staff.

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

Ultimately, even without much reference to the two anonymous individuals, Republicans said they believed Blasey while dismissing her. Kavanaugh said he didn't do it; they said they believed him more. Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, miring the nomination in controversy. "They are just compiling the investigation and reporting on it".

Referring to his testimony at the Thursday hearing, he stressed that he was transparent and answered questions "about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me". Joe Donnelly (Ind.), another Democrat up for reelection in November in a red state, said he would vote "no" on Kavanaugh'. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to subpoena Judge, who had said he does not want to be part of a committee hearing.