Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted Deborah Ramirez about sexual assault allegations by Brett Kavanaugh

Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted Deborah Ramirez about sexual assault allegations by Brett Kavanaugh

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate on Friday afternoon after Republican Senator Jeff Flake stunned the chamber by calling for a weeklong FBI investigations of the sexual assault allegations against him.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court", the committee said in a statement. As far as Kavanaugh's role in the investigation, he says he "will continue to cooperate".

"The Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith". But Democrats said there had to be an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check into the claims against Kavanaugh before a final confirmation vote.

Trump, who repeatedly blasted Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh as a political "con-job", agreed to the investigation.

Round, of Vermont, said she feels the whole episode could end up hurting Democrats more than helping them in this fall's elections, just more than a month away.

After three women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, lawmakers disagreed along party lines about how to proceed.

But the scope of what will be probed is also going to be informed by the substance of the allegations and what Kavanaugh and his accusers have said publicly, the former agent said.

Investigators compile information about the nominee's past and then provide findings to the agency that requested the background check - in this case, the White House.

Later that day, Trump ordered the investigation and that it be limited in scope and completed by next Friday.

"And I'm Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona", Flake added.


A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. His account has been particularly sought after because, unlike Kavanaugh, Judge has not denied Ford's allegations but has said he has no memory that such an assault occurred.

Democrats expressed outrage and some walked out of the committee meeting earlier Friday after Republicans unanimously backed taking a vote.

"I can say this whole process has affected all of us", he said.

"People need to know that when they take action, when we take action together, when we force our electeds to listen to our stories, that's how we actually change this country ..."

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.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", 23-year-old Gallagher said in the video alongside Archila.

Kavanaugh himself has explicitly said he is not questioning whether Ford had been attacked "by someone, at some point".

"I had planned to just talk to him nicely, but once when I saw that he was voting for Kavanaugh my niceties went out the window", she said.

During four hours of emotionally intense testimony, Blasey Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982.

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