Under pressure, Donald Trump ordered an FBI investigation into his Supreme Court candidate accused of sexual assault.
If Brett Kavanaugh is still in the running to become one of the Supreme Court justices, after confirmation of his appointment by a Republican majority in the Senate, 11 to 10, the White House candidate will have to wait. Under growing pressure from public opinion and women’s rights groups, US President Donald Trump has ordered an FBI investigation into the alleged sexual assault, which is pushing back in fact the vote in the Senate on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
The hearing of one of three women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault tipped the scales, prompting Republican Senator Jeff Flake to seek further investigation before the final vote, which Donald Trump accepted. As a result, the Senate will postpone for one week the final vote that will decide whether Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault by one woman and sexual misconduct by two others, will be able to sit on the Supreme Court.
“I ordered the FBI to conduct a further investigation” on Brett Kavanaugh that will not take more than a week, Donald Trump said Friday in a statement. Brett Kavanaugh “will one day be recognized as a truly formidable Supreme Court Justice of the United States,” wrote the US President.
The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982, when she was 15 and he 17, cut America into two camps without providing certainty. In the Senate, it will now remain the vote of the Assembly in plenary session to validate the election of the judge. Technically, the Republicans have the advantage, having a majority of 51 seats against 49 for the Democrats. It would take two withdrawals for Kavanaugh’s candidacy to go off, but the GOP’s motto is very clear, and the “whip” (Republican Party leader in the Senate), Mitch McConnell has said he would “be proud to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh when the Senate will vote in plenary in the coming days. “