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Trump orders FBI probe of Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump has directed the FBI to conduct a supplemental background check of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Posted: Sep 28, 2018 7:47 AM
Updated: Sep 28, 2018 8:02 PM

WASINGTON, D.C. UPDATE --President Donald Trump has directed the FBI to conduct a supplemental background check of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but the floor vote is delayed a week as the FBI investigates "current credible" sexual assault claims.

Just before 11:00 AM PST, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 10, in support of confirming Brett Kavanaugh to become the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. 

Friday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee members gathered to cast their vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The vote is scheduled to happen at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. 

This follows a day of intensely emotional testimony Thursday from Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were in high school. 

Thursday night, after the testimony finished, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of his Supreme Court nominee.

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!" said President Trump on Twitter. As of the beginning of the Senate Judiciary Committee's meeting Friday morning, the president hadn't sent another tweet. 

During the Senate Committee's hearing Friday, several Senate Democrats walked out of the meeting. 

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley said this week that he was suing President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an effort to stop the confirmation process. It's unclear whether the lawsuit will affect that process moving forward.

In reaction to Thursday's testimony, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden released the following statement: “Dr. Ford’s brave testimony today gave hope to survivors everywhere. I cannot imagine a more compelling witness,” Wyden said. “I believe Dr. Ford. On the other hand, Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony demonstrated he lacks both the judgment and the temperament Americans expect from a Supreme Court Justice. The best that can be said of his testimony is that it was strikingly evasive."

This is a developing story. KEZI 9 News will provide updates as they happen. 

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