A false rape allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by a Rhode Island man has been referred to the FBI by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to determine if the lie obstructed the committee's investigation into the nominee.
Trump ordered the investigation on Friday into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh following a request by Senate Republicans, a striking turnabout for a nominee the party had hoped to power through the chamber and onto the nation's top court by early this week.
Several Republican leaders joined Flake in his promise, thus ensuring President Trump would order the FBI to investigate.
Swetnick has claimed, in a sworn statement, that Kavanaugh and Judge engaged in lewd behavior with young women at high school parties, and alleged the two placed drugs or alcohol in punch in order to inebriate women so they could be "gang raped" by other partygoers.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday afternoon said the supplemental FBI investigation would be limited to "current credible allegations".
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Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, making the votes of Murkowski and Collins crucial.
Media outlets including NBC News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the White House was controlling the FBI investigation, giving the FBI a list of witnesses and limiting its parameters.
Leland Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford since high school, has issued a second letter confirming that she does not know Brett Kavanaugh and that she can not corroborate the claims that Ford has made against the Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) assailed the investigation in an appearance on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos", calling the check a "farce" and demanding that the FBI leave the investigation open-ended.
Ford, a California psychology professor, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teen- agers three decades ago.
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.
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Republican leaders and Trump have rejected Democratic demands for the FBI to investigate the allegations. It is unheard of for a Supreme Court nominee to give interviews during the confirmation process.
Flake's stunning 11th-hour move played out on national television amid heated partisan debate and raucous protests in the halls of the Capitol, where one woman cornered the Arizona senator in an elevator demanding he oppose Kavanaugh, citing her own experience with sexual assault.
The others include Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said witnessed the assault and Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, who she said were at the gathering.
The move to demand an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe could deter others from coming forward with false allegations over the upcoming days, while Judge Kavanaugh's nomination remains in limbo. They will present the evidence gathered in a report that will be reviewed by the White House and the Senate.
"I don't think there's ever been any person who's been under scrutiny like he has. And I think it's a very, very risky place and a very unsafe road for America to go down, to simply take an accusation and make it fact". "This is just completely made up, or at least not me", Kavanaugh told the committee, according to transcripts. Ford said the alleged attack had caused her lasting trauma, and she was visibly anguished as she recalled the events Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "They'll make their decisions and they do a good job".
"It will be limited in scope", Conway said.
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Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court. During victim impact statements on Monday, Constand's mother told the court that her family feels vindicated.