Trump Orders Limited FBI Investigation To Supplement Kavanaugh Background Check

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The FBI reached out to a second woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the woman's lawyer said Saturday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday asked the FBI to investigate a person who allegedly gave "false statements" to the committee alleging "misconduct" by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

At the hearing, Kavanaugh angrily and categorically denied assaulting Ford or any other woman. Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at dormitory party while the two were undergraduate students at Yale.

The stunning reversal capped two weeks of allegations, followed by furious denials, that roiled prospects for Trump's nominee, a conservative federal appeals court judge once expected to easily become the second Trump nominee to win a lifetime appointment to the top USA court.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters she supports Flake's call for an investigation, but said "it has to be limited in time and scope".

The FBI also is following up on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, who testified to the Senate this week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school in suburban Washington, District of Columbia.

On Saturday, NBC News reported that the White House had constrained the FBI investigation by limiting its parameters.

President Donald Trump called the claim fake news, saying that he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do a full check into the judge in the next week.

Swetnik said in a sworn statement this week that she knew Kavanaugh in high school and was raped by such a group at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge were present.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement. "They're going to Mark Judge - 'Did you ever see Brett Kavanaugh drug women or engage in gang rape?' I think that's going to be the focus of it". At that time, the scope of the investigation was requested by Flake, Collins and Sen.

Fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. She did not identify Kavanaugh or Judge as one of her attackers. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", Kavanaugh said. But the FBI is moving quickly to contact people as part of the new background investigation, which President Donald Trump ordered on Friday under pressure from key members of his party.

Other senators backed Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote for Kavanaugh.

The poll found that 42 percent of adults said they believed the accusations, including about the same number of men and women.

The others, the New York Times reported, are Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge and Leland Keyser and PJ Smyth, also said to have been at the party at which Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her. The list, reportedly drafted by Senate Republicans, did not include former classmates who had contradicted Kavanaugh's testimony about the extent of his youthful drinking and partying.

"I think something bad could have happened the same summer she and I were 15, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved", Conway said.

After Ford appeared before the Judiciary Committee, Trump said her testimony was "very compelling" and that she appeared to be "certainly a very credible witness".