How the FBI will investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh

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One of the Democratic senators whose behind-the-scenes talks with a Republican colleague helped lead to an FBI investigation of allegations against Brett Kavanaugh said he believes the probe will help mend deep divisions in the Senate.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez, and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Ramirez's attorney, John Clune, said in a statement.

The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a key swing vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said he would vote to proceed to a full Senate vote, but that the Senate vote should be preceded by a new, expanded FBI investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

But Kavanaugh emphatically denied the accusations and said the allegations against him were part of a "political hit" by Democrats to derail his nomination.

In addition to the people said to be at the party, investigators may seek out witnesses who can attest to the credibility of Ford, including her parents, the former agents said. But the attorney emphasized that Keyser has no recollection of the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her. After Thursday's hearings, Jones took to Twitter calling Dr. Ford credible and courageous, asking to postpone the vote and ending the tweet saying he votes no. "However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question".

Mr Flake, often a vocal critic of his own party's president, had been outspoken in raising doubts about Judge Kavanaugh in the days leading up to this week's historic hearings.

Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room with Kavanaugh when he pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth while trying to remove her clothes, has also denied the incident took place.

In her Senate appearance Thursday, Ford lamented her foggy memory but offered up a clue - an encounter with Judge at a supermarket he worked at an estimated six to eight weeks after the alleged attack.

Ford continued, "He was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me, and he looked a little bit ill".

But less than a day after emotional testimonies from both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her, Sen. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees, but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations.

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