WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a move made at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
The committee has asked for the investigation to be “limited to current credible allegations against the nominee.”
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said he intends to comply with the probe.
“Throughout this process, I’ve been interviewed by the FBI, I’ve done a number of ‘background’ calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me,” Kavanaugh said “I’ve done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate.”
The investigation came at the request of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who cast it as a necessary step to ensure his vote to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Senate floor.
Shortly before Trump’s statement was released, Senate GOP leaders announced that they had agreed to delay the vote for a week to allow time for an FBI investigation into the allegations.
The new developments in the nominee’s confirmation process come the day after Kavanaugh and California-based professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the committee.
Ford told the panel that she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers.
But the nominee responded with a visibly angry denial.
Kavanaugh rejected Ford’s account as well as various other allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Trump has previously resisted tasking the FBI with looking into the claims surrounding his nominee, arguing that it would be better handled by the Judiciary Committee.