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Everything you need to know about the Kavanaugh hearing

Top Senate Republicans promised a swift path to a seat on the Supreme Court for President Donald Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but after several sexual misconduct allegations and demands for an FBI investigation, that path appears much more difficult.

Trump released an official statement on July 9 announcing Kavanaugh as his nominee for the newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court. With a Republican majority in the Senate, it appeared as if Kavanaugh would be confirmed without incident.

After allegations against Kavanaugh from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, were reported in the The Washington Post, Republican and Democratic senators called for the testimonies of Ford and Kavanaugh to be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford testified on Sept. 27 and took questions from senators before the committee recounting an incident in high school where a young Brett Kavanaugh, also in high school at the time, assaulted her and tried to rape her while heavily intoxicated.

Shortly after Ford’s testimony, Kavanaugh testified before the committee and vehemently denied the allegations. Kavanaugh said he believed Ford was indeed telling the truth about her assault but he was not the one who had assaulted her.

The following day on Sep. 28 the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a motion to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford alleged was a witness to the assault, to testify before the committee, according to CNBC News.

Senator Jeff Flake, who was viewed as the only swing vote on the committee, announced he would vote to approve Kavanaugh and send the vote to the Senate. However, after a brief statement from Senator Christopher Coons, who proposed the Senate vote be delayed one week in order for an FBI investigation to be conducted, Flake abruptly stood up and motioned for Coons to join him outside the committee chambers, according to The Washington Post.

Upon returning to the chambers, Flake asked committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley to make a brief statement before the vote preceded. During his statement Flake informed the committee that while he still intended on voting to approve Kavanaugh, he was only doing so on the condition that the FBI investigate the allegations thoroughly and delay the Senate vote for a week to order for that investigation to take place.

“We ought to do what we can to make sure we do all due diligence with a nomination this important,” Flake said at the hearing, according to The New York Times.

Following the committee vote, Trump announced that he would order the FBI to investigate the allegations in anticipation for the Senate vote next week.

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