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The president also expressed confidence in the confirmation process as an 11th-hour demand from a key Republican senator again threatened to derail the timeline for a Senate vote. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, asking for a subpoena of Mark Judge, the man who Ford says was present while Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. Judge has submitted two written statements denying Ford's account of the assault, saying he did not recall the events she described and never saw that behavior from Kavanaugh.

Alan Dershowitz called for delaying the vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination until the FBI can investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Ford had told the committee Thursday that Kavanaugh assaulted her while they were teenagers at a party more than three decades ago. He said it was "remarkable" the "number of people" who saw the testimony Thursday of one of Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and "were emboldened to come out and say what had happened to them".

Judge Kavanaugh angrily denied he had assaulted her or anyone.

At the last minute, Sen. After huddling in the Capitol, senators said the Judiciary Committee will hold a Friday morning vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation.

And the Federal Bureau of Investigation has conducted background checks into Kavanaugh in the past, as he and Judiciary Committee Republicans pointed out several times on Thursday.

In his op-ed, Dershowitz lamented that the decision of the narrowly divided Senate "will be based largely on the political dispositions of senators rather than on any desire to arrive at objective truth". "Rushing to judgment would be the ultimate insult to this courageous survivor, but also to the entire community of survivors around the country who have been so inspired and moved by her testimony".

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"I do think we can have a short pause and make sure the FBI can investigate", Mr.

Kavanaugh as well was highly critical of his proceedings, calling the confirmation process a "circus" and a "national disgrace" that had destroyed his family and good name.

"In stark contrast, the person who testified yesterday and demonstrated a balanced temperament was Dr Ford", Ms Feinstein said.

"For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament", Kavanaugh told the Judiciary Committee members on Thursday.

Republicans, their hand forced by the narrow margin of support for Kavanaugh, issued a statement not long afterward confirming they had agreed to a "supplemental background investigation" to be limited to "current credible allegations" and to take no longer than a week.

The vote was 11-10 - all the Republicans on the committee voted yes, while the all the Democrats on the committee voted no.

A full Senate vote was expected Tuesday, but the call for a new FBI investigation would indicate that could be delayed past October 5.

Flake, the swing vote on the 21-member committee, said earlier in a statement that he planned to support Kavanaugh, saying the nominee was entitled to the presumption of innocence "absent corroborating evidence".