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Trump asks the FBI to reopen probe of Brett Kavanaugh’s background

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U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett
M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court
during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018
in Washington, DC.

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  • President Donald Trump said on Friday he has
    ordered the FBI to reopen its investigation into Supreme Court
    nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • The move follows nearly two weeks of sexual assault
    allegations that reached a crescendo on Thursday with the
    testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a California university
    professor who said Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both
    teenagers in the 1980s.
  • The renewed FBI investigation is expected to last one
    week.

President Donald Trump said on Friday he has ordered
the FBI to reopen its investigation into Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh.

The move follows nearly two weeks of sexual assault allegations
that reached a crescendo on Thursday with the testimony of
Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor who said
Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers in the
1980s.

The renewed FBI investigation is expected to last one week.

Ford gave an emotional testimony about the alleged assault in
front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, describing
the sexual assault she said she experienced in high school, at
the hands of an intoxicated Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims.

Over the nearly two weeks since Ford’s allegations first became
public, at least two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie
Swetnick have come forward with their own claims of sexual
misconduct against Kavanaugh.

The Supreme Court nominee gave a fiery rebuttal to Ford’s
testimony on Thursday, and accused Democratic senators of trying
to destroy his reputation.

On Friday, Judiciary Committee members voted to move Kavanaugh’s
confirmation to the Senate floor, but only after the FBI takes
another look at Kavanaugh’s background as it relates to the new
sexual assault allegations.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona led the march on that compromise, and
Senate Republican leaders
got on board with the plan
.

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