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Three former Kavanaugh clerks tell Senate they are 'deeply troubled' by allegations

Three former law clerks for Brett Kavanaugh who wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year expressing support for his nomination have written to clarify they are "deeply troubled" by the allegations of sexual assault against him.

In a letter to the Judiciary panel reported by HuffPost on Tuesday, former clerks Will Dreher, Bridget Fahey and Rakim Brooks said that an expanded FBI investigation into allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and two other women is merited.

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"We write to clarify that, like many Americans, we have been deeply troubled by those allegations and the events surrounding them and were encouraged by the initiation of a formal FBI investigation," the three wrote in their letter.

"We hope, for the good of everyone involved, that the investigation will be independent and thorough," they continued.

The Judiciary panel did not immediately respond to press requests from The Hill Tuesday night. Kavanaugh's nomination is expected to be taken up by the full Senate this week following the panel's advancement of the nomination in a party-line vote on Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey Senate Republican: Criminal justice reform needs more GOP support GOP tensions running high on criminal justice bill Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference MORE (R-Ky.) has not said exactly when a vote will be scheduled on Kavanaugh's nomination, while several key GOP senators have said they want to see the results of the investigation before making their decision on his nomination. No Democrats have pledged their votes in support of Kavanaugh.

“What I can tell you with certainty is we’ll have an FBI report this week and we’ll have a vote this week," McConnell said Tuesday, adding that "only senators" would have access to the FBI's report once it is issued.