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US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to make way for the probe.

Flake, who is not seeking re-election, was instrumental in ensuring there would be a week-long FBI investigation, beginning this past Friday, into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

The poll, released on Sunday, follows an emotionally charged week in Washington, during which Kavanaugh's once-certain confirmation was jeopardized after three women made allegations against him, including accusations of assault and exposing himself in public in the 1980s. During his hearing to address the allegations on Thursday, Kavanaugh called Swetnick's claims a "farce". A background investigation is, by its nature, more limited than a criminal probe, and FBI agents will not be able to obtain search warrants or issue subpoenas to compel testimony from potential witnesses.

"I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", the president tweeted late Saturday. Several Republican leaders joined Flake in his promise, thus ensuring President Trump would order the FBI to investigate.

"I would expect it is going to turn out very well for the judge".

North Carolina State University professor Chad Ludington has joined a handful of other former classmates of Brett Kavanaugh in contradicting the Supreme Court nominee's claims about his past drinking habits.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", the president said in a statement. "Sheldon Whitehouse alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted an acquaintance on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985, but Grassley said the person later "'recanted' and apologized for the allegation via social media.

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Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, as will be needed in Mr Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about things said to have happened during his teenage years.

Sanders said on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House is "not micromanaging this process" but also said a probe into Swetnick's claims and whether Kavanaugh may have misled lawmakers in his Senate testimony would not be acceptable. Ford told the senators she believed Judge's employment records would help her better recall the time frame in which the alleged assault occurred. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favour of Kavanaugh along party lines on Friday.

Judge said in a statement that he categorically denies Swetnick's allegations. "They laid out the request, and we've opened it up", she said, adding, "This can't become a fishing expedition like the Democrats would like to see it be".

The Senate Judiciary Committee has questioned Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.

"I think something awful could have happened the same summer she and I were 15, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved", Conway said. Chris Coons, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, launched a bipartisan effort last Friday to delay a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh for a week so the FBI could investigate the sexual impropriety claims made against him by Christine Blasey Ford. Flake for several minutes while he was on an elevator.