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Kavanaugh confirmation: Call for more FBI investigations just a delaying tactic

US President Donald Trump ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Friday, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to make way for the probe.

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

"The Senate is dictating the terms".

Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union", "It's not meant to be a fishing expedition". Grassley and other senators have provided few other specifics, and a committee spokesman declined to comment after Trump's tweet Saturday endorsing a broader approach.

Kavanaugh and another of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Kavanaugh proceeded to refute Ford's allegations while admitting he did "stupid things" in high school and "sometimes had too many beers".

Graham was referring to an allegation from another woman, Julie Swetnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, saying they were present at the party in the early 1980s where she says she was gang-raped.

It shows how dramatically unhinged the confirmation process has become from reality that a man with the high character and forthrightness of Brett Kavanaugh would be forced to endure smear after smear from "witnesses" who are less than credible.

In a sworn declaration to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Swetnick said she had seen Kavanaugh at "well over 10 house parties" in the early 1980s when he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory, and that on numerous occasions he would "drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, ' including 'fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent".

"Judge Kavanaugh asked to be heard to clear his good name and speak directly to the American people, and he did so forcefully yesterday".

Comey wrote that agents will "confront people with testimony and other accounts, testing them and pushing them in a professional way".

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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, said Sunday his client has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jeff Flake of Arizona, threw a wrench in the works. "They want to talk to Ms. Ramirez, because she refused to talk to the committee. I think he's going to be fine".

But, he said, he understood his anger.

Hatch, a former Judiciary Committee chairman who has defended Kavanaugh, strongly condemned a delay during a morning hearing before Flake - who says he'll support the nominee - argued for a short wait.

"There was no fact-based information that supported the accusation", Sanders opined.

The Judiciary Committee later questioned Kavanaugh about the allegations, which he vehemently denied.

Dr Ford's lawyer said her client welcomed the step but questioned the time limit of a week to hold the investigation.

Kavanaugh has called Swetnick's accusations a "joke".

"But nobody could deny that her testimony wan't compelling, that it wasn't impactful", she added.

Kavanaugh has also denied Swetnick's allegations, characterizing them as "from the Twilight Zone". "I believe in due process", she said. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope".

A constituent contacted the office of Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted an acquaintance on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985, but Grassley said the person later "recanted" and apologised for the allegation via social media.

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