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Clinton calls for FBI to investigate Kavanaugh allegations: It’s a 'fair request’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defended Christine Blasey Ford's request for an FBI investigation into her claims of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh in an interview Friday.

Speaking with CBS host Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show," the former secretary of State said that it would be "very easy" for FBI agents to investigate Ford's claims in a manner of weeks.

"I am hoping at some point there will be an agreement to have an investigation," Clinton told Colbert on Friday night's show, which taped earlier in the day.

"It would be very easy for the FBI to go back and finish the background investigation, to investigate these charges," she adds. "And, you know, maybe find out there's nothing to them, maybe find out there is something to them. But at least have that investigation completed."

"And I think that's what is a fair request, for due process to be asked for," she said.

The remarks followed an interview earlier in the week in which Clinton said that an FBI probe into Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh held her down at a high school party decades ago while forcibly groping her and attempting to remove her clothes would not be a "lengthy" investigation, possibly taking a manner of a couple weeks.

"I don't think it would be a lengthy investigation," Clinton told MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." "I think it could be done in an expeditious manner. If they're still trying to have a vote on this nominee, they could postpone for two weeks."

"The White House could answer it very quickly, by asking the FBI to reopen its background check and to take into account the accusation that has been made and to gather the evidence about what can be known," she added in Tuesday's appearance.

The FBI indicated in a statement this week that it would not investigate the allegation because it does not involve a federal crime. Still, Democrats have pushed the administration to open a probe into Ford's claims before Kavanaugh's nomination is voted on by the full Senate.

"The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation," the Justice Department said in a statement Monday.

"The purpose of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States. The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime. The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers." 

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