Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts Deborah Ramirez of Boulder about her allegations against Kavanaugh

Geraldine Edwards
September 30, 2018

President Donald Trump has given the FBI one week to conduct an investigation of the allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman in 1980s. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", the White House said in a statement citing the president.

Jeff Flake's surprise impact Friday changing the course of Brett Kavanaugh's expected quick confirmation to the Supreme Court was affected by encounters with women "emboldened" to share their experiences and his desire to "demonstrate that the process is fair", he told reporters Friday.

Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), and Mazie Hirono - left after committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) began speaking ahead of a hearing to decide whether Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault while in high school by Christine Blasey Ford, should receive a nomination.

On Friday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, though Sen. She said Kavanaugh, now a federal judge and nominee for the Supreme Court, had pinned her on a bed and covered her mouth, trying to remove her clothes, but that she got away when his friend, Mark Judge, jumped on them.

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In early July 2018, Ford said, she saw press reports of Kavanaugh shortlisted for potential Supreme Court nominees. Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

Both Judge and Kavanaugh have vehemently denied any allegation of misconduct.

In his opening statement Thursday, Kavanaugh said he's not questioning that Ford "may have been sexually assaulted" but that he was not the one who had done it.

While background checks typically take days of on-the-ground investigation, in a case this closely scrutinized, FBI leaders could decide to go full bore, assigning a slew of agents from multiple squads to wrap the probe in short time.

"They have to do what they think is right", Trump said. His was "volcanic", as he not only unequivocally denied the allegations, but also decried an "orchestrated political hit" to ruin his reputation. Two of Kavanaugh's classmates, Judge and P.J. Smyth, who Ford said was at the party, provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying they don't have knowledge or memory of any such incident.

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Editor's note: this story was updated after publication with Brett Kavanaugh's statement denying the allegations. In a statement Wednesday, Kavanaugh said: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone ".

The day after Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional testimony, Republican Sen.

"But I saw him, and I got really angry", she said.

The prospect of a new investigation puts Kavanaugh's nomination in jeopardy.

"I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman to me", he said.

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Referring to his testimony at the Thursday hearing, he stressed that he was transparent and answered questions "about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said they "learned about the two anonymous men from the press when they forwarded the release".

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