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After resisting days of Democratic calls for an FBI probe into accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Friday for a brief investigation that would be "limited to current credible allegations".

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself and approached her with his genitals out at a college party, the New Yorker first reported a week ago. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

President Trump says the FBI will have "free rein" in their investigations. "They laid out the request and we've opened it up, as you heard the president say, to 'do what you need to do.' This is what they do and we're out of the way to let them do exactly that".

Amid the new probe, Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine". Trump denied that story, tweeting that "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". Ford said the alleged attack had caused her lasting trauma, and she was visibly anguished as she recalled the events Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The key player in a day of dramatic and unexpected developments was Senator Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican who provided the decisive vote to approve Mr Kavanaugh's nomination in the Judiciary Committee and send the matter to the full Senate.

Manchin supports the new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh but has yet to announce his position on the nominee.

And it staves off the potentially catastrophic political optics of the move to "plow right through", in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the process of giving Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court in a manner that appeared in no way to be aimed at achieving a just result rather than a political win.

McConnell urged Trump to support Kavanaugh but to avoid attacking his accusers, warning that he was in charge of counting votes and those kinds of disparaging remarks could cause him to lose Republican senators whose votes could be key to confirming Kavanaugh, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, they said.

"NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people".

"I said "hello" to him, " she said.

He has already denied Dr Ford's allegations.

An attorney for Leland Keyser, a friend of Ford's who Ford says was at the party, said Keyser also was willing to cooperate with the FBI investigation.

Two Republican sources familiar with the matter have told CNN that the hope is when investigators sit down with Judge, they will ask him not only about Ford's allegations, but also about those made by Swetnick.

A good agent, he said, "would address Kavanaugh's behavior and demeanour and credibility during his high school years".

Moments after President Trump mocked Feinstein before his supporters, the longtime California lawmaker took to Twitter to reaffirm she did not leak Ford's letter and shared footage of the denial.

Sanders said Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.

Conway suggested on Sunday that the ire of many victims was improperly pointed at Republican supporters of Kavanaugh, as opposed to the perpetrators of the assaults.