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The FBI has reached a second woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault — a day after President Trump ordered the Bureau to conduct a new background investigation.
A lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who claims that Kavanaugh, sat down to her at a Yale college party a few years ago, said that the FBI had reached out to her.
“We can confirm that the FBI interview with Mrs. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation,” attorney John Clune, said in a statement. “Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time.”
The development was first reported by The Washington Post.
To check the FBI background Jeff Flake, R-Ariz comes after Sen.., Democrats joined Friday in calling for the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
FLAKE DEFENDS CALL TO KAVANAUGH DELAY: “WE ARE COMING APART AT THE SEAMS’
On Thursday, Kavanaugh testified to a Senate judiciary Committee hearing, according to Christine Blasey, Ford said that he had attacked her in a high-school party in 1982. In a blistering response, he called the circumstances of his nomination a “circus”.
To recommend on Friday that the Committee Kavanaugh agreed to post to the Senate for confirmation to the high court, but the Flake is called the “limited” to check the week-long background. With Republicans a very narrow majority hold in the Senate Trump the investigation ordered in spite of GOP leaders, after he previously argued that there was no need for further investigation.
The investigation is expected to wrap by Friday.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requested to notify the Bureau, the White house Counsel’s Office immediately if there are any witnesses, try to cooperate in any way, the delay of the investigation or reject it.
An important reason for its concern, wrote Hatch, a mmber and a former Chairman of the Senate Judicary Committee “comes from the testimony during the hearing last Thursday. According to Dr. Ford, would you have preferred, was interviewed in California, far away from the spectacle of a public hearing. But her lawyers apparently refused to convey to their customers a number of services, from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on the implementation of a public or private interview at a location of your choice. The lawyers’ refusal led directly to a public hearing against Dr. Ford’s express wishes. This is deeply disturbing.”
Republicans accused try the Democrats to delay the vote until after the midterm elections, when Democrats are in the hope that the repeated control of the Senate. Democrats, in turn, against the, how you say, a rush in the direction of confirmation, regardless of the allegations against the judge.
On Friday Flake for its decision to press for further investigation, he said, he wanted to protect to be defended, the credibility of America’s institutions.
“Two institutions, really,” he told The Atlantic. “A, the Supreme Court is the only institution where the majority of Americans still believe some. And then the U.S. Senate as an institution — we are coming apart at the seams. There is no currency, no market for the reach across the aisle. It just makes it so difficult.”
However, he also said that the delay could possibly help, both Republicans, and Kavanaugh.
“Obviously. I have the feeling that this delay is as much to help him as they are to us. My hope is that some Democrats say, “Hey, we can’t change our vote, but this process was worthy of the institution, and we feel satisfied.”
“That means something,” he said. “The country needs to hear.”
A third woman also has charges against Kavanaugh leveled. As was the case with Ford and Ramirez, she said, the events of decades ago.
In an affidavit, Julie Swetnick of Washington, D.C., said you witnessed it, “systematically engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s,” and that Kavanaugh was involved in the gang rape of girls at parties.
As in the other cases, the judge has maintained his innocence.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.