FBI investigation into Kavanaugh is 'uncharted territory,' expert says

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The American Bar Association called on the U.S. Senate to delay a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination until "after an appropriate background check into the allegations" made by Christine Blasey Ford regarding sexual assault is completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And as the nine-hour marathon wrapped up, Mr Trump weighed in to stand by his man. "Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him", he tweeted, minutes after the hearing adjourned.

"As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", he said via a statement on Twitter.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

It was unclear whether Republican leaders, who have pushed for fast confirmation of Kavanaugh, would back the request for further investigation or instead would press forward with a full Senate vote on the nomination.

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A good agent, he said, "would address Kavanaugh's behavior and demeanor and credibility during his high school years".

At least one of the Republicans on the committee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh, but is yet to signal how he might vote. 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.

Republicans say the call for an FBI investigation is a transparent bid to continue delaying Kavanaugh's nomination.

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said an FBI investigation "has to be more than a sham, and a charade".

On Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that Kavanaugh provided "powerful, honest" testimony, adding that "the Senate must vote!" Yesterday, we head compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh. Chris Coons (D-DE). Other Judiciary Democrats shuffled in and out of the side room, as did Republican members of the committee.

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Ford told senators she has no doubt that it was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who accosted her on a bed at a party in 1982.

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Swetnick, represented by Michael Avenatti who fought for porn actress Stormy Daniels, said in a statement which was submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present at a party where she was drugged and "gang raped". He has repeatedly called for Ford to testify to the Senate and indicated that he would wait to hear her speak to make up his mind on the confirmation. "That you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do with their bodies".

Kavanaugh angrily, tearfully and "unequivocally" denied any wrongdoing involving Ford and other women who have made claims of sexual misconduct in recent days. "I just want it to work out well for the country". Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who's officially undecided, indicated today she's on board with the week-long delay.

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