Trump touts FBI investigation of Kavanaugh: He will some day be recognized as a 'truly great' Supreme Court justice

Trump touts FBI investigation of Kavanaugh: He will some day be recognized as a 'truly great' Supreme Court justice
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE touted the beginning of what he called the “seventh” FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, expressing confidence for the judge's nomination, despite facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump tweeted on Friday night. “He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!” 

Trump asked the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh after Senate Republicans agreed to a one-week investigation, temporarily delaying the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court.

“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” Trump said in the statement released by the White House.


The Senate Judiciary Committee requested that Trump instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation after Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Tanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable On The Money: What's next for Neera Tanden's nomination MORE (R-Ariz.) secured a deal to delay a floor vote on the nomination for a week. 

“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope,” he said during the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh.

Flake said he was voting to advance the judge “with that understanding” and said he has spoken “to a few other members on my side of the aisle who support it as well.”

The Arizona Republican added that senators should do “what we can to make sure that we do all due diligence with a nomination this important.”

The move came a day after the committee heard testimonies from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Ford went public with her allegations on Sept. 16 in an interview with The Washington Post, alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were at a high school party in the 1980s.

Ford detailed her allegations in a gripping testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The now 51-year-old college professor said she feared Kavanaugh might rape her or accidentally kill her when he allegedly put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams for help.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations brought by Ford, as well as several other allegations of sexual misconduct that have surfaced against him, in a heated testimony following Ford's.