Trump orders Kavanaugh FBI probe after Senate delays confirmation vote

Sen. Joe Donnelly says he opposes nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Other Republicans entered, including Sen.

On Friday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 in favor of moving Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Senate floor.

At least four Republican governors have called for a deeper investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, including Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, which is Kavanaugh's home state.

'I'm going to let the Senate handle that, they'll make their decisions and they've been doing a good job and very professional, ' he said.

Coons of DE said that after Flake announced his support for Kavanaugh earlier Friday, they had a private conversation and Coons said he told Flake, "I respect you as my friend, but I'm having difficulty with your vote".

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, says she honored Ford's request for confidentiality, and she did not ask Kavanaugh about the allegations in his confirmation hearings or in a private meeting. "It is what is right and fair for Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people".

Flake's move puts in doubt the fate of Kavanaugh, who has in recent days drawn strong support from Trump and other top Republicans, but now faces another week of scrutiny and must watch as senators in both parties endure mounting pressure from their respective bases to either rally to his side or block his confirmation.

Ultimately, Flake, who is retiring this year, said he would not be ready to vote for Kavanaugh until the FBI conducted a background investigation into the sexual misconduct claims.

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Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is supported by Indiana's Republican Senator Todd Young. Senate leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation. "I had no idea", Flake told reporters.

"Don't look away from me", she said.

But on Friday, when it appeared they might not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh without allowing a probe, they agreed to delay the confirmation vote by a week and Trump directed the FBI to investigate. "He heard something that provoked turmoil in him", she said.

Wright said she initially didn't see much of a comparison between Thomas' and Kavanaugh's hearings, but that changed after hearing more about Ford and a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

After Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., implored Republicans to join Democrats in calling for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Flake walked over and gestured to Coons to join him in the anteroom. "Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the court-any court-and he should resign or be removed from his position as judge immediately".

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

As best friends to this day, it was expected that Ms. Keyser would confirm Ms. Ford assertions: Ms. Keyser was with her on the night sometime in 1982 that Mr. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in an upstairs bedroom in a home in Chevy Chase or Bethesda during a lightly attended party. "I was underneath one of them while the two laughed", Ford added.

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