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>> Last minute smears.>> In a dramatic turn on Capitol Hill, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee is now facing further scrutiny.>> They have to do what they think is right.>> Trump and lawmakers lead by Arizona's Jeff Flake are asking the FBI to step in and investigate accusations of sexual misconduct again Brett Kavanaugh, delaying a vote on his nomination by one week.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Flake has handed his fellow Republicans a major setback as they try to get Kavanaugh through the Senate as quickly as possible. He's worked out a deal with Democrats that would give the FBI a week to look into accusations leveled by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and two other women who alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.
>> I think it would be proper to let the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there.>> Republican leaders and Trump agreeing to Flake's plan.>>
]>> All of this coming together after a dramatic hallway encounter between Flake and protesters.
>> Don't look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me. That you'll let people like that get into the highest court of the land.>> The dramatic developments coming after Thursday's dueling appearances by Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford, Blasey Ford insisting that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in 1982.
>> With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?>> 100%.>> 100%.>> A high school friend of Kavanaugh named Mark Judge says he'll cooperate with the FBI. Blasey Ford says he was involved in the alleged assault as well, an accusation he has denied.
>> I know that any kind of investigation, Senate, FBI, Montgomery County Police, whatever, will clear me.>> Kavanaugh, angry and combative, saying that he never committed sexual assault, blasting the attacks as character assassination orchestrated by the left.>> Since my nomination in July, there's been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything, to block my confirmation.
>> Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley says Blasey Ford failed to make her case.>> There is simply no reason to deny Judge Kavenaugh a seat on the Supreme Court on the basis of evidence presented to us.>> Democrats accused the GOP of stonewalling, saying they're not interested in finding out what really happened.
>> The committee voted along party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination. But if Flake's deal holds, there will be no up or down vote in the Senate until the FBI does its work.