Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted Deborah Ramirez about sexual assault allegations by Brett Kavanaugh

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Jeff Flake after he announced he was in favor of a delay in the Kavanaugh nomination process during a committee meeting in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 28, 2018 in Washington.

It's unclear whether such restrictions on the FBI were what Flake had in mind when he called for the investigation. His account has been particularly sought after because, unlike Kavanaugh, Judge has not denied Ford's allegations but has said he has no memory that such an assault occurred.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had boasted recently that confirmation was in the bag, had to reassess the level of support on Friday. He's usually a critic of the president, but he's long had an ideological affinity for judges like him. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, that could increase the number of women and liberals who turn out to vote. "I didn't tell anyone, and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them", Gallagher said. Brett Kavanaugh says he believes her story.

"Look at me when I'm talking to you!"

MAK: So then came a twist. He later said he backed the short delay, even though he'd like to vote sooner.

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said an FBI investigation "has to be more than a sham, and a charade".

Three other senators - Democrat Joe Manchin and Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - are still undecided. And to what degree did that encounter in the elevator contribute to it?

"You're morally tainted if you don't treat the accuser and the accused with respect and fairness, and that's what I tried to do", he said.

"The FBI has a job to do and that is to find the truth and present it", he said. Let's listen in to what he said.

Flake's proposal was endorsed by GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, a strong Kavanaugh backer who said, "What Jeff is saying makes sense to me". There were some things that I heard in the testimony yesterday that caught my attention that could be verified. And I had no idea.

Also Saturday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "The scope and duration has been set by the Senate". Chris Coons, who was described as a "good friend" of the Arizona senator who is not returning after this year. This kind of prolongs their anxieties and exposure for at least another week.

The Judiciary Committee meetings Thursday and Friday lay bare the deep divide between Republicans and Democrats.

The American Bar Association, which earlier endorsed Kavanaugh, and the dean of Yale Law School, which Kavanaugh attended, also called for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe on Friday, the first indication of the legal profession turning on the nominee. So he'll now have no choice but to cooperate.

Earlier in the week, Flake delivered an impassioned speech about the "toxic political culture we've created" and charged that politicians have "fanned the flames" for personal gain.

"As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week".

MAK: So President Trump has ordered a limited reinvestigation into Kavanaugh's background. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. In 2018, after a year of sparring with Trump, they're looking for payback, and they're not exactly particular about how they get it. Is it hard to believe that a sitting justice of the Supreme Court named Kavanaugh wouldn't be investigated for lying to the Senate during his confirmation hearings or, to put it differently, that female accusers of a Justice Kavanaugh won't have their day of justice?

MAK: Thanks for having me.