Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

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President Donald Trump said Friday he found the testimony by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago to be "very compelling", but added that he'd given no consideration to the idea of nominating someone else.

"I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination". Kavanaugh has said he will not ask the White House to request one, and Grassley argues that one isn't necessary.

On Thursday, reports surfaced that two men have contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to claim they, not Kavanaugh, were involved in the sexual "encounter" with Ford "that is the basis of her allegation".

While Ford said she came forward to give the senators an understanding of Kavanaugh's character as they examined him for a seat in the country's apex court.

"And it is a time to talk with them honestly and even bluntly about what respect for others, especially respect for women and other marginalized people means in very practical terms_in actions and in words", Van Dyke wrote to the school community September 20.

Senator Flake, in an unprecedented move, said he would be "uncomfortable" fully confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without a full FBI investigation first.

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Kavanaugh's high school friend, Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said Friday that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, another top GOP backer of Kavanaugh, told reporters he thought an FBI investigation was "overkill" but that he was ok with the idea. But it also allows Republicans an opportunity to clear the judge's name for what is a lifelong position on the nation's highest court.

The delay, which could be more consequential depending on what the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds, slammed the brakes on Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's pledge to "plow right through" to a quick confirmation of Kavanaugh. The FBI will submit a report to the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee when the examination is complete.

"They weren't as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh, but the point is that there are teenage girls who don't tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up".

The vote was 11-10 - all the Republicans on the committee voted yes, while the all the Democrats on the committee voted no.

In her powerful testimony on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to "relive this trauma in front of the world", but was "100 percent certain that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her".

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Lee said after the hearing that it was "heart-wrenching" and both Kavanaugh and Ford have "suffered".

Two key undecided Republican votes remain: Alaska Sen.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.

What they will not do is admit they were wrong to accuse Judge Kavanaugh of being a gang rapist, or a rapist, or a sexual assaulter, or a drunk, or a perjurer, or a hothead unfit for the bench.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation. Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Sen.

At times, Kavanaugh's frustrations boiled over.

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