Senate Republicans ask for Kavanaugh FBI investigation before floor vote

The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday called for the FBI to conduct a limited investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh before a final floor vote is held on his Supreme Court nomination.

In a statement released by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee is requesting that the Trump administration “instruct the FBI” to conduct the investigation, which would be “limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today.”

In recent days, Republicans have resisted calls from Democrats for the FBI to investigate the claims that Kavanaugh committed sexual assault in high school and college. But the committee called for a limited, supplemental background investigation after several undecided senators whose votes are needed to confirm Kavanaugh called for a weeklong FBI probe.

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