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President Trump orders FBI investigation Kavanaugh
After the invitations to tender for the delay of the Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President of Trump orders a new FBI probe; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
President Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a limited “extra” background investigation of allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Republicans are “moving” forward with plans to vote.
“I have ordered the FBI said the implementation of a supplementary investigation to update judge Kavanaugh, the file” Trump said in a statement. “As the Senate has prompted this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than a week.”
Trump, the order came after a number of undecided senators whose votes are needed to confirm, Kavanaugh called for a week-long FBI probe, before a floor vote.
The Senate had been expected to begin, the debate over Kavanaugh postponed his nomination this weekend, but after Trump’s, McConnell the panel until Monday. A possible confirmation of the right to vote, cannot come, until the end of next week, next weekend or maybe the week of Oct. 7.
“This is worthy of a nomination, in order to move forward — and that is exactly what happened,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Friday.
Added McConnell, “Now we will keep the process in motion.”
Earlier Friday, the asked, under pressure from Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for a FBI investigation “is not limited to the current credible allegations against the candidacy worthy,” to say there “must be completed no later than one week from today.”
Kavanaugh, who has denied all the allegations, said in a statement that he “cooperate”.
“In this process, I have said in an interview with the FBI, I have a series of “live” phone calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions, under oath, about any subject, the senators and their advice, asked me,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “I’ve done everything you have requested and will continue to work with them.”
Later on Friday, Trump tweeted, “tonight”, “7. FBI investigation of judge Brett Kavanaugh” had begun.
Just started tonight, our 7. FBI investigation of judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will be recognized one day as a truly great justice of the Supreme court of The United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2018
“He will be recognized one day as a truly great justice of the Supreme court of The United States!” Trump more.
For days, Republicans have to investigate calls from Democrats stood for the FBI, the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh dating back to high school and college, say, you were in the situation, the investigation of the allegations.
The FBI-the complete Kavanaugh’s investigation in a week?
But that changed on Friday after Flake, who announced earlier in the day, he would be in favour of Kavanaugh, called the delay to allow a full floor vote, for a FBI investigation “limited in time and scope.”
During the backup Kavanaugh said at the Committee-level, a Flake, he would only have to be examined comfortably on the floor, if the FBI more.
Several other senators-Republicans and Democrats-on the fence Flake joined in support of the motion.
“I said in support of this reasonable agreement,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine,.
“In order to fully and fairly complete our due diligence, so that the FBI is suitable for up to a week to Supplement your background investigation,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
“I said support Sen. Flake call for a non-partisan FBI investigation over the allegations that the judge Kavanaugh, the press I have,” Heidi Heitkamp, D-N. D.
“I admire Senator Jeff Flake’s decision to rise above the partisan circus on display during this entire process,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.
Other notable politicians-not of service in the Senate — also responded to the decision.
Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, which is currently running as a Republican in Utah for Senate, tweeted that he’s “open support” of “the decision, again to the FBI background investigation of the allegations of Dr. Ford.”
I open support the decision, again to the FBI background investigation of the allegations of Dr. Ford. It is my sincere hope that this will help, shall report to the Senate and to ensure that the integrity of the Supreme Court.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 28, 2018
And the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, in a statement, said Ford “is worthy of an FBI investigation,” and he is “glad that the members of the Senate have exercised their power to advise and consent to delay further action on this nomination for a short while, so that the FBI can do its due diligence in this nomination.”
However, he condemned the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday he is “experienced”, among them “a degree of verbal abuse, blind rage and brute-partisanship that threatens, not only the Senate and the Supreme court — it is the fundamental trust in fairness and justice, which the country binds together threatens.”
A lawyer for Kavanaugh Prosecutor Christine Ford, Debra S. Katz, said in a statement on Friday that Ford “welcomes this step in the process.” But Katz has should be imposed is a Problem with the a-week-limit, no “artificial limits such as time or scope, to this investigation.”
When asked if she could study in a week, a senior FBI official said to Fox News, “it all depends on the schedules of each, we would have had to be interviewed, including the Prosecutor, defendants and witnesses.”
Ford has named three other persons, she said, attended the 1982 party, where she claims that she was raped. All three of these people have said, you have no memory of the event, when two said on Friday that it is willing to cooperate with the FBI.
“I enforcement, will the cooperation with the criminal, is assigned a confidential investigation of these allegations,” Kavanaugh friend Mark Richter said.
“My client, Patrick J. Smyth, is happy fully with the FBI investigation,” said attorney Eric B. Bruce.
Earlier Friday, Kavanaugh’s nomination was a step forward, as the Senate judiciary Committee approved Kavanaugh in a 11-10 party-line vote.
The Republicans still expressed optimism Friday that Kavanaugh will be confirmed after the investigation is completed.
“It can be done quickly, and then we will be able to move forward to an up-or-down vote in the Senate next week,” South Carolina GOP sen. Lindsey Graham said. “I’ve never felt better about the Supreme Court nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh, as I do now.”
Flake earlier, gave a big boost to Kavanaugh with a Friday-morning announcement that he would support him, said: “I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.”
But he immediately came under the severe pressure, with the protesters who spoke to him and Democrats lobbying him on the sidelines to reconsider.
If the Snowflake stays on “Yes”, it says 48, and the Republicans, with Collins and Murkowski, the two remaining wild cards. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming., has not announced his attitude, but it is expected that the support of the candidacy. The Republicans need to confirm with 51 votes.
The Committee vote came a day after an angry and emotional hearing on the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Both Kavanaugh and Ford, the accused Kavanaugh of her in a high-school party in the 1980s, testified before the Committee on Thursday in an eight-hour session.
Ford said that they are “100 percent” sure of what attacked her.
Kavanaugh emotional Ford s allegation is denied, together with a number of other against him in the last days. Kavanaugh trained his gaze on the Committee Democrats.
“This confirmation process is a national disgrace,” Kavanaugh, has become said. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But the advice and the consent with a search and destroy have been replaced.”
Democrats pushed back, questions, Kavanaugh, why is he not even the urge to have a FBI investigation of the charges against him. Kavanaugh replied, he’d decided to consent to whatever the Committee, however, noted that an FBI probe would not draw conclusions, only to collect information.
Kavanaugh’s nomination is likely to see a unanimous or nearly unanimous opposition from Democrats, with only a few red-state Democrats like Heitkamp and Manchin, even considering a vote for him.
On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., blasted s Kavanaugh ‘ testimony and said it showed him as “aggressive and argumentative” and has a Problem with his attacks on Democrats.
“I’ve never seen someone who wants to sit on the highest court in the country would behave in this way,” she said.
The U.S. Capitol police said they arrested 88 people on Friday for unlawfully Senate office building, to demonstrate how they protested Kavanaugh nomination. The police said that 81 people were arrested Friday morning outside a Senate judiciary Committee session in the Dirksen office building.
Seven were Friday afternoon arrested in a separate protest against the Hart building.
All were instructed to unlawfully extrusion or disability, then processed and released.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, Jason Donner, Jake Gibson, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.