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The inquiry was ordered a day after a tumultuous Senate hearing in which Kavanaugh fiercely and tearfully denied the claims by Ford, a California college professor, that he had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Democrats were not included on a call that Republican staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee held with the White House discussing the FBI investigation, according to an official familiar with the discussion.

"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.

The new investigation by the FBI is a limited background check of Kavanaugh, not a full-fledged criminal inquiry.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory when they were undergraduates.

"I do think something bad happened to Dr. Ford and I'm very sorry, but I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh was involved or had anything to do with it and that's why I will support (Kavanaugh's) nomination", Kennedy said in a phone interview with Louisiana reporters.

The FBI investigation was ordered by President Donald Trump Friday after Sen. Jeff Flake and other moderate senators called for a weeklong delay on a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to give time for an investigation. 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.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.

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The highest court of the land was unequivocal in its observations. Misra met with the dissenting judges, who continued on the bench. Chief Justice Misra, in an opinion for himself and Justice A.M.

Trump acted at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "This is not tolerable", they were filmed telling Mr Flake.

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him", he tweeted, minutes after the hearing adjourned.

The announcement upended his party's plans to move quickly to confirm Kavanaugh and made clear what many had suspected: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not have the votes to proceed to Kavanaugh's nomination over the weekend.

Flake, who will be leaving the Senate at the end of the year, said while he meant to vote for Kavanaugh in committee, he wanted an FBI investigation of Dr. Ford's allegation before the entire Senate took up the matter.

"I feel like I have a responsibility for my children and for myself - for humans", said Caitlin Corbett, a mother of two from Logan Square who attended the protest Friday with her 18-month-old daughter.

The senator also bemoaned the fact that Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh had become "unwitting combatants in an undeclared war". "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", he said. Jeff Flake of Arizona balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

"But I saw him, and I got really angry", she said.

That probe is supposed to be "limited in scope" and "completed in less than one week", the president said in a statement. But, as she said, you have to look at the institution. But Democrats said there had to be an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check into the claims against Kavanaugh before a final confirmation vote. But the attorney emphasized that Keyser has no recollection of the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her.


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