Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation

A full Senate vote is expected next week

"Ms. Keyser asked that I communicate to the Committee her willingness to cooperate fully with the FBI's supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh", Mr. Walsh said.

While Flake voted to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination, he also made the call for a limited investigation, throwing a proposed timetable that would have seen Kavanaugh confirmed Tuesday into turmoil.

Within moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, Trump tweeted his approval of Kavanaugh's performance and called on the Senate to move swiftly to a vote. "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!", Trump said in a Twitter post late on Friday.

"While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it". "That's what you're telling all women in America - that they don't matter, they should just keep it to themselves".

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".

While Ford gave out the detailed version of the incident that haunted her for 36 years, Kavanaugh defended himself by denying the charges calling it "a smear campaign".

Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court had appeared to be going along smoothly until Ms Ford's allegation surfaced last week.

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees, but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations. Democratic candidate Andy Levin called out Kavanaugh for blaming the Clinton's for these allegations, citing "revenge".

"As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump said.

She begged Flake to look her in the eye. They were shaking their heads, but didn't make a sound. But the White House's hand was forced Friday by announcement by Arizona Republican Sen.

With a 51-49 majority, Senate Republicans have little margin for error, especially given the fact that several Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall announced their opposition to Kavanaugh on Friday. Vice-President Mike Pence has the deciding vote in the event of a tie.

Then Ms Gallagher said: "I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me".

"On Monday, I stood in front of your office", Archila, co-executive director of the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action, told Flake. "But I think she embellished what happened, or she would have gone to some authority or said something about it years ago".

A man walks past televisions broadcasting Christine Blasey Ford testifying during the Senate hearing over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Thursday.

The vote was 11-10 - all the Republicans on the committee voted yes, while the all the Democrats on the committee voted no.

Republican leaders said Friday they still plan to move ahead with a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Saturday.

In Alaska, Juneau voter Sally Saddler, an independent, said she voted for Murkowski in the past, but likely wouldn't back her again if the Republican senator decides to confirm Kavanaugh. He has told the committee he was not at the supposed party.

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