Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser: FBI probe should not have 'artificial' limits

Debra Katz, a lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, said on Friday that "artificial limits" should not be placed on the FBI as it reopens its background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 
 
"No artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation," Katz said in a statement. 
 
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She added that letting the FBI do a "thorough" investigation is "critical to developing all the relevant facts." 
 
Her statement comes as Senate Republicans agreed to delay Kavanaugh's nomination for up to a week in order to let the FBI investigate "credible" sexual assault allegations against him. 
 
Multiple senators, including GOP Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh MORE (Alaska), called for the FBI to be given a chance to investigate, raising questions about whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) would be able to move the nomination without a deal.
 
"Dr. Christine Blasey Ford welcomes this step in the process, and appreciates the efforts of Senators Flake, Murkowski, Manchin and Collins -- and all other senators who have supported an FBI investigation -- to ensure it is completed before the Senate votes on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination," Katz added. 
 
Shortly after GOP leaders decided to request the investigation, the White House released a statement from Trump who said the "update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
 
Senate Republicans and the White House had repeatedly bristled over asking for the FBI to reopen its background investigation.
 
The FBI, they noted, had conducted six FBI background investigations on Kavanaugh and would not draw conclusions about the allegations against him.  
 
Both Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Judiciary Committee during an emotional and closely watched hearing on Thursday. 
 
Ford alleges that at a party in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh has denied wrongdoing.