Ford welcomes reopening of FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, attorney says

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The FBI reopened its background investigation of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 after the allegations from Anita Hill came to light. Psychology Professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

But the American Bar Association - the legal profession's largest organisation - urged the committee to postpone Friday's vote until an FBI investigation could be carried out, saying a Supreme Court appointment "is simply too important to rush to a vote".

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Flake was confronted by angry protestors who identified themselves as sexual assault survivors.

The outcome of the committee vote became clear hours earlier after Judiciary member Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who had wavered on supporting Kavanaugh, announced he would back him this morning.

Mr Flake voted to advance Mr Kavanaugh's nomination from the committee to the full Senate, but announced he wanted to delay a confirmation vote by a week in order to let the FBI investigate.

Trump said the investigation "must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week".

The FBI can not even bring a charge of sexual assault against Kavanaugh or anyone else.

Katz believes the FBI should be able to take as much time as it needs, and should be able to expand the investigation as wide as it sees fit - which could include looking into allegations made by other women.

"I intend to vote for you and I hope everybody who is fair-minded will", he told Kavanaugh. He has yet to secure the 50 votes needed for confirmation. In a statement through his lawyer Friday, Judge said he would "answer any and all questions posed to him" if the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested an interview.

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Feinstein's opponent in November's Senate election, progressive Democrat Kevin de Leon, is also criticizing her for waiting before making the allegation public.

Start by outlining the avenues available to FBI background investigators, whom President Trump authorized late Friday afternoon to reopen Kavanaugh's file.

Any FBI investigation that fails to completely vindicate Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, will of course be deemed "incomplete".

Ford, who initially requested anonymity after submitting her allegation, was hesitant to agree to appear to the hearing: "I am here today not because I want to be".

"I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh said.

Ford recounted how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to yell. "Mark Judge is in hiding instead of under subpoena, and that greatest legal engine has been deliberately disabled in this matter".

They also pointed out that three people Ford claimed either witnessed the incident or were present in the house at the time either said they didn't know Kavanaugh or remember such an incident.

The only two undecided GOP votes are Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. The ABA had previously given a rating of "well qualified" to Kavanaugh when he was nominated in July. "It's about digging up new dirt or doing whatever it is they do over there to get people to come forward 36 years later". Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

"I was very surprised by how emotional I felt, and I was also struck by feeling very hopeless", said Danielle Levin, a 2001 graduate of Holton-Arms who works with a Jewish social service agency in New Orleans.