Bernie Sanders calls for FBI to investigate whether Kavanaugh told truth in hearing

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy MORE (R-Iowa) demanding that the FBI, in addition to investigating sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, also examine the truthfulness of Kavanaugh's statements made under oath Thursday before the Senate panel.

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"In order for the FBI investigation regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to be complete, it is imperative the bureau must not only look into the accusations made by Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, it should also examine the veracity of his testimony before the Judiciary Committee," Sanders wrote in the letter.

Sanders, who tweeted the letter Saturday morning, wrote on Twitter, "Lying to Congress is a federal crime. … Kavanaugh's truthfulness with the Senate goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court."

“A fundamental question the FBI can help answer is whether Judge Kavanaugh has been truthful with the committee. This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court,” Sanders continued.

Sanders also said the FBI investigation should not be constrained to one week, as has been agreed to by multiple Republican senators.

“If you are concerned with a delay in this confirmation process, remember that Senate Republicans refused to allow the Senate to consider Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandThe Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Hatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty MORE’s nomination to the Supreme Court for nearly a year,” he wrote.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Ford and Kavanaugh on Thursday testified before the committee regarding the allegations.

Ford, in a gripping testimony, alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school in 1982. She told the Senate panel that she feared Kavanaugh would rape her and might accidentally kill her after he put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams. Kavanaugh, testifying after Ford, aggressively denied the allegations. 

The committee on Friday voted 11-10 along party lines to send Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a Senate-wide vote, but won a weeklong delay for that vote so the FBI could investigate allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh by Ford.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE on Friday ordered a new investigation after Senate Republicans agreed to the one-week investigation.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate and could only afford one GOP defection if the Democratic caucus unanimously votes against Kavanaugh.