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Senate committee set to vote on Brett Kavanaugh amid sex assault allegations

Christine Blasey Ford is telling her harrowing story of an alleged sexual assault at the hands of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In an extremely contentious decision Friday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Senate, the government body that will then vote whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed as the newest justice to the US Supreme Court, America's highest governing body.

Trump blamed the Senate Democrats and suggested that how they handled sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh would help Republicans at the polls.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) praised Kavanaugh as "one of the most qualified and most impressive Supreme Court nominees in memory".

"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file", Trump said.

Flake was unequivocal that the delay, to allow additional investigation by the FBI, be limited to no longer than one week, meaning a final vote by next Friday.

I can't tell if "dangerous" there merely means politically unsafe, i.e. a risk to overturn Roe (which any Republican nominee would be), or if he's suggesting that Kavanaugh is not only presumed guilty of sexual misconduct but that the presumption is irrebuttable. Flake waved off his opportunity to make remarks ahead of the vote, and disappeared into a room connected to the hearing room with Sen. "In addition to investigating the accusations made by multiple women, a thorough investigation should include a review of Judge Kavanaugh's numerous untruthful statements in his previous testimony before Congress". Now we will keep the process moving: "The full Senate will begin considering Judge Kavanaugh's nomination today".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly took steps to schedule an interview with one of the two additional women who came forward with their own accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. For his part, Kavanaugh, tapped by President Donald Trump for the open spot on the nation's highest court, also testified, adamantly denying the charges.

The scope of the investigation that FBI agents will undertake now is unclear.

Speaking to NPR, Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar said of the inquiry: "I think it will be better for the country that this FBI investigation occur".

The battle has thrown Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination into turmoil and become another landmark in the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. "I do believe her", he said.

Mr Flake, who had previously raised concerns about the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, said on Friday Ms Ford gave "compelling testimony" but Mr Kavanaugh provided "a persuasive response". Partly, I'm sure, it's a matter of being as suspicious about them as everyone else is - rape parties, really? - but partly too they understand that any damage done to Kavanaugh by the Swetnick allegations will be credited entirely to Avenatti by Democratic voters.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen.

Judge had sent letters to the committee saying he did not recall any encounter between Kavanaugh and Ford.

The FBI has not commented on the President's order, but a background investigation for a presidential appointee, like Kavanaugh, would also likely have a layer of oversight from the highest levels of the FBI's headquarters in Washington, and senior agents could be brought in to bolster the background investigation squad for the most sensitive interviews, former agents said.



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