Manchin applauds Republican senator's call for Kavanaugh FBI investigation

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Kavanaugh says he's been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his confirmation process and conducted "background" calls with the Senate.

However, the statement also says that they don't believe there should be any "artificial limits as to time or scope".

Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who is retiring, upended what looked like an increasingly certain confirmation early Friday when he called for delaying the confirmation vote until the FBI investigates.

Republican committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he found the testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh "credible", but added, "There's simply no reason to deny Judge Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court on the basis of evidence presented to us".

Sanders stressed Trump's support for Kavanaugh and said he wanted to see a vote.

Two other key Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they backed the plan after they and other GOP senators met for an hour in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office in the Capitol.

Sen. Flake met with Democrats behind closed doors after the meeting before calling for a delay in the full Senate floor vote. But after speaking at length with his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he introduced this new proposal.

"It took courage to take a stand and call for a one-week FBI investigation to get to the bottom of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh", Manchin continued. One day earlier, he had blistered the Senate process as "a total sham", accused Democrats of a conspiracy of obstruction and declared on Twitter, "The Senate must vote!" As a retiring Republican, with no public plans to face GOP voters soon, Flake has emerged this year as a vocal and biting Trump critic and an advocate for bipartisan cooperation in Washington, even has he largely votes with his party.

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He said Beijing doesn't want him or the Republicans "to win" because he is "the first president ever to challenge China on trade". Trump tweeted earlier that these "propaganda ads" are being placed "because we are beating them on Trade, opening markets".

"When Dr. Ford's allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote". Shortly after, he was confronted in an elevator by two women who, through tears, said they were sexual assault victims and implored him to change his mind.

The Senate Judiciary Committee consisted of 21 members: 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

So long as every Republican but one votes to confirm the nominee, he will join the Supreme Court. That issue had become the fault line between Democrats wanting more answers and Republicans angry that Ford's allegations had come out late in the process. Activists staged a rally to call to drop the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

"There is no real rush", Schatz said. Democrats, led by Sen. Lindsey Graham after the SC senator's dramatic defense of Kavanaugh at the hearing.

During Thursday's hearing, Democrats repeatedly peppered Kavanaugh with questions about whether he would support an FBI investigation. He wasn't. He's in a beach house in DE, "recovering from alcoholism" (Judge "does not recall" the alleged event-which is not a denial that it happened).

Kavanaugh responded, "I welcome whatever the committee wants to do because I'm telling the truth". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. "But they have a right to request it".

For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 percent certain" the incident did not occur.