Murkowski: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh would ‘clear up all the questions’

Murkowski: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh would ‘clear up all the questions’
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Republican Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE (Alaska) on Tuesday said an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh would "clear up all the questions" surrounding the Supreme Court nominee.

“It would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn’t it?” she said when asked if there should be a further FBI investigation into the nominee's past.

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Murkowski, along with GOP Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (Maine), is considered one of a few potential swing votes in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. 

Democrats began calling on the FBI open an investigation after Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s. Republicans have largely said that an FBI investigation is unnecessary and that it is up to senators to determine whether Ford is telling the truth.

Ford has said that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothes. Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on those allegations, which Kavanaugh has flatly denied.

Senate Democrats are also investigating a second allegation dating back to Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale University, The New Yorker reported on Sunday. Deborah Ramirez told the magazine that Kavanaugh thrust his exposed penis in her face, causing her to touch it without her consent at a party in a dormitory.

Kavanaugh has also denied that accusation.