The Senate Judiciary Committee has said that the investigation would be "limited to current credible allegations" - raising questions over exactly what would be investigated given that Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations.
Concerns: Murkowski has been closely guarded about her opinions on Kavanaugh, but as one of the few Republican senators who supports abortion rights, how the judge might rule on abortion access and the future of the Affordable Care Act have been key issues for her. That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. In response to a statement from Kavanaugh in which he insisted that he was focused on sports and academics in school and never drank to excess, Liz Swisher, another former classmate at Yale who now works as a doctor in Seattle, said that his statements were "not credible".
"We don't want to go on a witch hunt, do we?"
Christine Blasey Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in 1982 when they were both in high school.
The true test for Flake would come once the full Senate votes on the Kavanaugh nomination in the coming days, Walsh said.
Mitchell also stressed that nobody who Ford has identified as having attended the gathering - including Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland (Ingham) Keyser - has been able to directly corroborate Ford's allegations.
Since Trump, under pressure from three undecided Republicans, ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen Kavanaugh's background check Friday, the White House has scrambled to defend the process from Democratic complaints that certain witnesses were being kept off-limits.
"Here's what I would tell the president: I would appeal the verdict of the Senate to the ballot box", Graham said on "Hannity".
"The FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer", the president said.
The only stipulation from the White House was that the FBI conclude its investigation within a week.
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Ford says Judge was also present, but Judge is not scheduled to testify. "Judge Kavanaugh is being considered for a promotion". A third woman has come forward with a credible account of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh .
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat, wrote to White House counsel Donald McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray and asked that the committee be provided with a copy of the written directive the White House sent to the FBI, as well as the names of any additional witnesses or evidence if the probe is expanded.
Senate Republicans compiled the list of four witnesses and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell shared it with the White House, the official and another source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
His desire to talk about compromise and bridging divides certainly had more resonance after Flake acted Friday to slow down (even for a week) the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
In his testimony, Kavanaugh vehemently denied Ford's claim.
It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.
During a White House press conference, Trump repeated his claims that Kavanaugh is a good man who's been treated "so viciously and so violently" by Democrats and suggested that the judge's sterling academic record makes the allegations against him "unfair".
Ford recounted in graphic detail to the Senate committee how Kavanaugh, along with a friend of his, allegedly locked her in a room at a house party and groped her, while holding his hand over her mouth to silence her screams.
Unable to attack Blasey head-on ― a politically sensitive move on the eve of the midterm elections ― Republicans have instead focused on complaining about the process that led the psychology professor to speak out last month, and on attempting to discredit the story of a different woman who has accused Kavanaugh of being at a high school party where she was gang-raped.
Republicans control 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke".
Why even have an FBI investigation?