President Donald Trump said on Friday that he acceded to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to have the FBI investigate sexual abuse accusations against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
He said he had been speaking with Democrats to make sure "we do due diligence here".
Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, once seen as assured, became uncertain after the allegations and then dramatic Senate testimony Thursday by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.
Trump, who repeatedly blasted Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh as a political "con-job", agreed to the investigation.
"I just want it to work out well for the country", he added, when asked about the acrimonious fallout from the previous day's hearing.
The FBI was given a week to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh as part of a deal forged Friday by Sen. "So you can imagine my surprise at receiving your letter regarding the supplemental FBI background investigation".
After Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) publicly announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this morning, the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared to be a foregone conclusion. She also said Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, was an eyewitness to the attack and was also drunk at the time.
'I am digging my heels in, and I'm hoping that a lot of conservatives are determined to vote Republican, ' Round said.
"It's nearly surreal", veteran Democrat Patrick Leahy told colleagues, saying the Senate was "no longer an independent branch of government". But a Republican member only backed the move on the understanding that such an inquiry would occur, the United States media reported. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator Friday said she hopes other Republican senators listen to the stories of women who have been sexually assaulted. "He was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me, and he looked a little bit ill". "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you'll let people like that go to the highest court in the land", one weeping woman berated Flake, as he made his way to the committee room.
Hatch last week initially was opposed to any further delay of a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
Speaking to supporters at a rally Saturday night in Wheeling, West Virginia, Trump accused Democrats of using "ruthless and outrageous tactics" against Kavanaugh and urged voters to support Republicans in November's midterm elections.
As Thursday's marathon hearing wrapped up, Trump weighed in to stand by his man.
Ms. Ford, a psychologist, says she herself met Mr. Kavanaugh as the two traveled in similar social circles.
An attorney for Leland Keyser, a friend of Ford's who Ford says was at the party, said Keyser also was willing to cooperate with the FBI investigation. She testified that he pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and placed his hand over her mouth when she tried to yell at a house party when they were both in high school.
He was happy with Republicans on the committee, though he was not impressed with the questioning from an outside female prosecutor.