After FBI was given a go-ahead by U.S President Donald Trump for a special probe into US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it contacted the second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his years at Yale University on Sunday, AP reported.
Her lawyer, John Clune said agents want to interview her and she has agreed to cooperate. Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were Yale students.
Earlier, on Saturday, Trump told reporters that “the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody” and said, “this could be a blessing in disguise.”
“They have free rein. They’re going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. They’ll be doing things that we have never even thought of,” he said. “And hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine.”
Trump who had earlier denied to entertain such a request, granted it under the condition that the “supplemental investigation” to be “limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate set the scope and duration of the investigation and that the White House is “letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do.”
The leaders of the Senate have agreed to delay the final vote on Kavanaugh’s appointment for one week to fulfill the pending investigation.
The decision was taken after a riveting day of hearings from university professor Christine Blasey Ford who gave uncomfortable details about the allegation. Flake stated that he made the decision after he was cornered by two sexual assault survivors in an elevator and was severely reprimanded by them to vote for Kavanaugh.
“That’s what you’re telling all women in America – that they don’t matter, they should just keep it to themselves,” one of the protesters shouted at Flake.
Throughout the hearing, tensions and emotions were high after both stood firm their ground, with Kavanaugh accusing Democrats of a “calculated and orchestrated political hit.”
In a statement issued by the White House, Kavanaugh said he would cooperate with the FBI investigation.
Earlier, Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist in California, had accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s publicly narrated her ordeal through the Washington Post on Sunday, Reuters reported.
During the interview, she said when she was attending a high school in Maryland, a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing.
Last week, however, Kavanaugh had “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations. The White House did not reply immediately for a comment on Sunday.