These three undecided Republicans will decide if Kavanaugh gets on Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh show it's a "very scary time" in the us - for men.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh to the top US court, said on Monday the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have free rein to interview any witnesses it deemed necessary. Last week, a triumvirate of Republican senators - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - vowed to withhold support for the nominee unless the White House allowed a supplemental background check into claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from California university professor Christine Blasey Ford.

The FBI interviewed a separate accuser over the weekend - Deborah Ramirez, who has said Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were students at Yale University in the 1980s.

"Leakers will leak what they want us to see", he said.

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Monday, who similarly said that he fears more for his sons than his daughters and the chance they'll be victims to false accusations of sexual misconduct.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has targeted Friday for a vote on Kavanaugh from the full legislative body, a timeframe Democratic Sen.

Rachel Mitchell argued that that there were inconsistencies in Ford's narrative and said no one has corroborated Ford's account.

Outside his home on Monday, Prof Ludington told reporters "unequivocally" that Judge Kavanaugh "has not told the truth" in denying the possibility that he blacked out from drinking. "They're not starting from scratch", he said; "They have a lot of information about Judge Kavanaugh".

Flake told reporters that "any nominee that lies to the committee, that is disqualifying".

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While Ernst said she hasn't seen the final negotiated text of the trade agreement and was unclear on just how the deal would expand economic opportunity for farmers, she said the final deal would create an "even stronger agreement" and a modernization of the former NAFTA pact.

Flake now may be siding with some Democrats in demanding a more extensive FBI investigation.

McConnell is expected to lead the efforts to whip support for Kavanaugh, along with senators who are close to the key swing votes.

"I thought he did very well". The investigation was initiated at the direction of the White House after a request by Republican Sen. As to the latter, constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe is one of many legal gurus who argue Kavanaugh's rant made it impossible for him to serve without eroding the Supreme Court's credibility. Ludington said Kavanaugh had mischaracterized the extent of his drinking at Yale. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed. At his first Supreme Court confirmation hearing, September 4, he portrayed himself as a neutral arbiter of the law who is above politics, telling the Judiciary Committee that the Supreme Court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

Flake single-handedly delayed Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings last week by insisting on an FBI investigation.

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The talking point started with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her criticism of Kavanaugh's "agressive and belligerent" testimony in his own defense.