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Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Kavanaugh nomination

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A Republican-led committee approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday but in a dramatic development Republican Senator Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the judge before a final Senate vote.

The intervention of Flake, a moderate, means a final Senate vote on the nomination could be delayed for up to a week so that the possible FBI investigation can be completed, if Republican Senate leaders agree to his demand. Democrats had called for an FBI probe, but Republicans had opposed the move.

“I’m going to let the Senate handle that. They’ll make their decisions. And they’ve been doing a good job. Very professional,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when told about Flake’s request. (Reuters)

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Flake said it would be ‘proper’ to delay a Senate floor vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for a week. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


Senate Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Sheldon Whitehouse, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Christopher Coons, and Richard Blumenthal look on during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee members Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (L), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (C), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) look on during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


US Senate Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (L), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (C), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) speak during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks with committee colleagues during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Female members of Congress stand in protest as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee meet to vote on the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Senate Judiciary Committee members look at their notes during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, for the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) holds a mobile phone with a clock displayed as Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) addressed members of a Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Protesters rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his confirmation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) looks on during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is confronted by protesters in the basement of Senate Russell Office Building, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., joined by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, left, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., second from right and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., right, speaks to media about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. ( Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) (R-IA) confers with Sen. John Cornyn (L) (R-TX) during a committee meeting, Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and other business on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)


Demonstrators protesting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court lissetn to Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (3R), Kamala Harris (D-CA) (C), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) points out names on the high school calender of Brett M. Kavanaugh during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., top center, speaks to protesters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)


Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) listens to Republican senators speak after colleagues walked out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting due to a break in “regular order” of the committee on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


A U.S. Capitol Police Officer tells a group of female members of Congress that they must sit down or leave as they stand in silent protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court during a US Senate Judiciary Committee markup hearing to consider his nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Senator Dianne Feinstein (C)(D-CA), addresses a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, for the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Female members of Congress stand in protest behind seated supporters of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee meet to vote on the Kavanaugh’s nomination to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) yawns next to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) during a speech by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy (not pictured) as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee meet to vote on the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Demonstrators protesting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court hold up signs and shout in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) holds up a letter from Mark Judge, longtime friend of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as members of the Judiciary Committee meet to vote on the nomination of Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


From left, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., walk towards members of the media to speak after walking out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


US Capitol Police arrest demonstrators for protesting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court as the US Senate Judiciary Committee considers his nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (R) gets up to leave during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


US Capitol Police arrest demonstrators for protesting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court as the US Senate Judiciary Committee considers his nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (L)(D-CA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (C), and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) speak with aids during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, for the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Members of the House of Representatives, who oppose the nomination of the Supreme Court associate justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wait to enter the Senate Judiciary Committee vote in Dirksen Building on his nomination on Sept. 28, 2018. From left are, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas, Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Julia Brownley, D-Calif. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Senator Dianne Feinstein (R)(D-CA), flanked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley (L), prepare for a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018, for the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


A woman who said she is a survivor of a sexual assault (R) confronts Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake (L) in an elevator after Flake announced that he vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., USA, 28 Sept. 28, 2018. The woman, who used her foot to prevent the elevator door from closing, said to Senator Flake ‘Look at me when I’m talking to you. You are telling me that my assault doesn’t matter.’ (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


A sign is set up in front of a door in a hallway on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 2018 as the vote on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is about to begin. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)