Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the center of Friday's drama and uncertainty.
Trump, who had previously rebuffed Democratic demands for an FBI probe, granted the request, ordering the "supplemental investigation" to be "limited in scope and completed in less than one week".
Leland Keyser, an alleged witness to the Kavanaugh incident, reiterates she can not corroborate Christine Blasey Ford's claims.
The FBI considers the allegations by Christine Ford a closed matter, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. "What a railroad job", said Sen. The 53-year-old jurist's nomination has sharply divided the country and has laid bare the hyperpartisan war over the Supreme Court, as Republicans fight for a chance to shift the judiciary to the right for decades.
The fallout was vast, but despite this, Kavanaugh's confirmation appeared all but certain.
"She reiterated that she wanted this held confidential", Feinstein said in her opening statement at the hearing, referring to Ford's letter.
But on Friday, when it appeared they might not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh without allowing a probe, they agreed to delay the confirmation vote by a week and Trump directed the FBI to investigate.
"This entire process has been an embarrassment to our democracy as Hoosiers watched firsthand how Senator Donnelly's liberal colleagues used uncorroborated allegations to create a media circus designed to smear and destroy Judge Kavanaugh's reputation".
The vote was 11-10 - all the Republicans on the committee voted yes, while the all the Democrats on the committee voted no.
"They could just about drop everything else they're doing, every other background check for generals to get the next star, and cabinet secretaries and USA attorneys", said Tom Fuentes, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director and senior CNN law enforcement analyst. Judge has denied being at any party with Ford when an attack took place. Red-faced and pointing his finger as he spoke, Graham, R-S.C., almost reached the same heights of anger Kavanaugh displayed in his more than 40-minute opening statement.
"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me".
"I did it in solidarity with Dr Ford". She told her story for the first time.