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SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
One week won't be enough for Dems. President Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen the background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, giving investigators time to to make sense of sexual assault allegations that have been lodged. Mr. Trump insisted the new review be limited in scope and completed in less than one week. He made the move in response to Senate Republicans, who after powering Judge Kavanaugh through the Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote earlier in the day said they would take extra steps to try to dispel the cloud that has arisen around the nominee. Judge Kavanaugh said he has nothing to fear and has already been well-vetted.
The review is intended to look into allegations
by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Judge Kavanaugh groped her and attempted
to disrobe her at a high school party in 1982. Those allegations have been
refuted in statements by the witnesses she says were at the party, but
Ms. Blasey Fords powerful testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee
on Thursday left too many questions for many senators, and it became clear
Judge Kavanaugh would struggle to be confirmed absent the FBI probe. The
decision amounted to another weak retreat for GOP leaders, who had planned
to have Judge Kavanaugh installed on the high court early next week.