Kavanaugh friend says he'll cooperate with 'confidential' law enforcement investigation

Mark Judge, a high school friend of Brett Kavanaugh's whom Christine Blasey Ford says was in the room during her 1980s sexual assault at the Supreme Court nominee's hands, says he will cooperate with a "confidential" FBI investigation into the allegation.

Judge's statement follows the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote along party lines Friday afternoon sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a vote, accompanied by a statement from Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePence casts tie-breaking vote for Trump appeals court judge Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving Flake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’ MORE (R-Ariz.) claiming that he will vote against Kavanaugh's nomination unless the FBI is allowed to look into the claims further.

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Judge wrote to the top Judiciary panel senators on Friday, explaining that he denies allegations brought forward by Kavanaugh's latest accuser, Julie Swetnick, and that he will cooperate with any investigation that takes place ahead of Kavanaugh's vote on the Senate floor.

"I will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations," Judge wrote in the letter provided by his lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder.

"The allegations in the Swetnick affidavit are so bizarre that, even while suffering from my addiction, I would remember actions so outlandish. I categorically deny them," Judge added in the brief statement. 

"I do not know Julie Swetnick," he went on, saying: "I do not recall attending parties during 1981-1983 when I fondled or grabbed women in an aggressive or unwanted manner."

Flake has called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown On The Money: Trump, Dems battle over border wall before cameras | Clash ups odds of shutdown | Senators stunned by Trump's shutdown threat | Pelosi calls wall 'a manhood thing' for Trump Mellman: Enemies of democracy MORE (R-Ky.) to delay Kavanaugh's vote by a week to facilitate further investigation.

"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 do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there," he said Friday.

Flake's statement was later backed up by Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips The Senate must reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination for FERC Overnight Defense: Congress pauses to mourn George H.W. Bush | Haspel to brief senators on Khashoggi killing | Soldier is fourth to die from Afghan IED blast MORE (R-Alaska) and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy — Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board — Trump moves to ease Obama water rule | EPA document contradicts agency over water rule data| Manchin to be top Dem on Senate Energy panel Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee Schumer to Trump: Future infrastructure bill must combat climate change MORE (D-W.Va.), suggesting that Republicans may lack the votes needed to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE's nominee without agreeing to the lawmakers' terms.