The Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday asked the FBI to investigate a person who allegedly gave "false statements" to the committee alleging "misconduct" by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The decision follows testimony from university professor Christine Blasey Ford that Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved, along party lines, the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - with a request that the FBI conduct an investigation into sexual assault allegations before the full Senate takes a vote.
The FBI has not commented on the President's order, but a background investigation for a presidential appointee, like Kavanaugh, would also likely have a layer of oversight from the highest levels of the FBI's headquarters in Washington, and senior agents could be brought in to bolster the background investigation squad for the most sensitive interviews, former agents said.
On Saturday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department and the FBI to open a criminal investigation into "apparent false statements" that were made to committee investigators alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in 1985. "They don't care who they hurt, who they have to run over to get power", he said.
"I'm a victim of sexual assault", Conway told CNN while defending Kavanaugh's nomination.
Trump, under pressure from members of his own party, has directed the FBI to renew an investigation into Kavanaugh's background. "I don't know what they're referring to", he told committee investigators.
In a separate action involving the FBI, Sen. Ford said the alleged attack had caused her lasting trauma, and she was visibly anguished as she recalled the events Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ramirez, a Boulder County employee, told The New Yorker magazine for a story published September 23 that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her at a college party decades ago. Two others, Swetnick and Debbie Ramirez, have publicly come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of other sexual misconduct.
"They [the White House] can not say, "Oh hey, only interview the people in their neighborhood on one side of the street.' Or 'Only interview people from a certain period of their life, '" Klobuchar said during an appearance of CBS" "Face the Nation".
Cassidy added that there should also be an investigation to find out who leaked Christine Blasey Ford's letter that outlined her accusations.
According to Sanders, Democrats have been "absolutely disgraceful in the way that they've handled this process, in the way that the've exploited Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford". Jeff Flake (R-AZ), whose vote for the nominee remains uncertain.
"I've never known McConnell to be anything other than candid and honest", said Jennings, who did not have direct knowledge of the conversations with the White House. Each of these has been interviewed already on behalf of the Senate Judiciary Committee but will doubtless be approached by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to confirm their statements.
The FBI is expected to produce a final report for the White House, which the administration will then give to the Senate. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope".