FBI officials began their investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh just hours after President Trump ordered they look into the matter, according to a new report.
Agents reached out on Friday to schedule an interview with one of two other women who has made accusations against Kavanaugh during his time in high school and as a college student at Yale, according to the Los Angeles Times. The FBI contacted the woman's attorneys and asked to interview her "as early as tonight."
The lawyers asked to do an interview later, but it may happen as early as this weekend, sources told the LA Times, asking to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the investigation.
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Two other women have come out with allegations about Kavanaugh since Christine Blasey Ford shared her sexual assault claim with the Washington Post. Ford has told her story to the Senate Judiciary Committee, alleging that while they were both in high school, an inebriated Kavanaugh molested her and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.
Since then, Deborah Ramirez shared accusations with the New Yorker that Kavanaugh flashed his penis while at a party when they were students at Yale. Another woman, Julie Swetnick, has alleged that Kavanaugh helped to intoxicate women in high school who were then gang-raped. Swetnick is being represented by Michael Avenatti, the same attorney who is representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has shared details of an affair she had with Trump. The LA Times report did not say who the FBI had sought to interview.
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations against him.
Republicans had planned to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next week, but decided to allow for an up-to-one-week delay for the FBI investigation.
The investigation was demanded by Democrats and then by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. He was soon joined by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Kavanaugh needs at least 50 votes in the Senate to be confirmed, and cannot advance to the high court if all Democrats and two Republicans vote against him.
The Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination Friday 11-10 along party lines, with Flake saying he was only voting in the affirmative with the understanding that an FBI investigation would be conducted.
Trump gave in to the Senate's demands, saying in a statement, “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.