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10 to approve Mr Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court but the full Senate vote will be delayed while the FBI investigate allegations of sexual assault against him. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", the president said in a statement after the committee hearing.

Sanders said Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.

NBC News reported on Saturday that the White House had constrained the FBI investigation by limiting its parameters. "They have free rein to do whatever they have to do". They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do.

After the allegation was made public, the man took to Twitter, writing: "Do everyone who is going insane about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake". Evidence of any substance abuse problems could color a claimant's accusation, but the FBI notably does not make any conclusions about the credibility or significance of an allegation in a background investigation report. The Democratic senator took issue with the timeline and scope of the investigation. This week during his confirmation hearing before a Senate panel, an angry and passionate Kavanaugh strongly denied the accusations against him.

In addition to Ford and Ramirez, another woman, Julie Swetnik, who said she knew Kavanaugh in high school, alleged in a sworn statement this week that Kavanaugh and Judge got teenage girls drunk at parties, where the girls were sexually assaulted, sometimes by groups of boys.

White it remains unclear who else the FBI may engage during the investigation, at least two potentially key witnesses have said they intend to cooperate.

A constituent contacted the office of Sen. The man said he and another friend went to beat Judge Kavanaugh up - then said he recognized him recently when television showed Judge Kavanaugh after he was nominated to the high court.

But the Associated Press reported that Republicans were short of votes for final Senate approval after the Judiciary Committee adjourned.

Speaking to reporters at the White House after the committee vote, Trump continued to stand by Kavanaugh, saying he had not thought "even a little bit" about a replacement but also said he found Ford a "credible witness".

Cassidy said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should probe whether or not Senate Democrats are, in fact, intentionally looking to delay the confirmation process. 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.

In the last week, Trump has spoken repeatedly with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has scolded Trump about comments that appeared to cast doubt on Ford's claim, according to two Republicans familiar with the discussions but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. On Friday, Republican Trump, who had strongly objected to such an investigation, succumbed to a few members of his party in the Senate and agreed to give the FBI a week to check out the allegation by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump said the NBC report was incorrect. Watch Kavanaugh's remarks in full below.

"The Senate is dictating the terms".

"I don't think there's ever been any person who's been under scrutiny like he has".

Taking stock of the week, Jennings noted that the president, by week's end, "has been pretty helpful". Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one. "You see what's happening right now", Trump said. "The president was striking the tone".