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Judiciary Committee asks for FBI probe into Kavanaugh - and Trump has just responded

President Donald Trump ordered an FBI investigation into the claims against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a deal was struck to get his confirmation past the Senate Judiciary Committee. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump released a statement about the agreement between members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking for a weeklong FBI investigation into the sexual harassment accusations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

"I've ordered the FBI..."

The White House released a statement Friday evening approving of the FBI investigation.

"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file," read the statement.

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

The deal was made after Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he was concerned about the rapidity of the process to confirm Kavanaugh, and asked that an FBI investigation be completed within a week.

As a result of this concession, the vote continued and passed narrowly along partisan lines, 11 to 10. The decision now goes to the Senate floor for a full vote on confirmation of Kavanaugh.

"This country is being ripped apart here," said Flake.

"We've got to make sure that we do due diligence," he added. "I think this committee has done a good job but I do think that we can have a short pause and make sure that the FBI can investigate."

"Limited in time and scope"

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) who vociferously excoriated Democrats and the media over their treatment of the nominee, accepted the terms of the agreement.

"I respect my colleagues who have requested the supplemental FBI investigation, which will be limited in time and scope," Graham said in a statement. "It can be done quickly and then we will be able to move forward to an up-or-down vote."

“I’ve never felt better about the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh than I do right now," he concluded.

Here's the Fox News report on the president's statement:

Thursday saw a heated partisan environment surrounding the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual harassment, but had very little corroborating evidence to her story. Kavanaugh also testified in his defense, and vehemently denied all of the allegations made against him.

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