NPR's Tim Mak has covered it all week on Capitol Hill.
The inquiry was ordered a day after a tumultuous Senate hearing in which Kavanaugh fiercely and tearfully denied the claims by Ford, a California college professor, that he had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has angrily denied the allegation.
Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.
Why didn't Mr Kavanaugh and his Republican supporters want the FBI to investigate?
Leaving the hearing this past Friday, Sen. "All I saw was two people in a great deal of pain".
Despite his call for the investigation, the Arizona senator said he still intends to vote for Kavanaugh "unless they turn up something".
But she stressed that experience as an activist does not matter in situations like her confrontation with Flake. But her lawyer, Howard Walsh, said in a letter to the committee that his client's lack of a memory of the gathering does not mean she does not believe Blasey. They cornered him in a Senate elevator. He said, "Thank you", but didn't response to questions on whether he believed Ford's testimony.
The president also expressed confidence in the confirmation process as an 11th-hour demand from a key Republican senator again threatened to derail the timeline for a Senate vote.
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For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 percent certain" none of the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct occurred. During her opening remarks on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to be there but felt it was her "civic duty".
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The United States President Donald Trump, under intense pressure from moderates in his own party on Friday ordered an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe against Kavanaugh at the request of Senate Republicans. The entire exchange was caught on camera (video above). Gallagher confirmed via phone to The Associated Press that it was her, and she consented to the use of her name.
Speaking to the AP by phone after the confrontation, Gallagher said she didn't intend to tell Flake about her assault - she had never told anyone before. "I wanted him to be a hero".
Walsh wrote that Keyser wanted to send the letter because she wanted to clarify her previous statement regarding the allegations Ford made.
The new timeline puts Trump's nominee in further peril and pushes the politically risky vote for senators closer to the November congressional elections. She said she didn't tell anyone before this week.
His fear is that these witnesses or people advising them will delay, stretching out when the Senate may get to a final vote in this highly charged confirmation process. "What are you doing to our country?" "Take whatever time you need".
Kennedy said he asked Kavanaugh directly before the hearing if the accusations were true.
"What it tells me is that telling our stories and showing up can actually change their minds", she said.