President Donald Trump attacked Democrats on Sunday for calling for a serious investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, amid reports that Republicans have placed tight limits on the probe.
The Republican senator from Utah wrote that Christine Blasey Ford - the woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party they attended in high school - as well as others who attended the gathering have agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Mr Kavanaugh cleared the first hurdle towards being confirmed as a new judge in America's highest court, after his nomination was approved by the US Senate's judiciary committee on Friday by an 11-10 vote.
In an apparent bid to delay's Kavanaugh's confirmation, Senate Democrats withheld Ford's allegation until after Kavanaugh completed the committee confirmation process, with only a surefire vote left to advance him to the Senate.
On Saturday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, issued a blistering response to Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who had apparently expressed an interest in the current supplemental FBI background investigation revolving around Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he referred the matter to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the man's apparent false statements.
Trump has now determined that he and he alone will be the sole arbiter of whether a woman's claims of sexual assault and misogyny are credible. She has not accused Kavanaugh of raping her. Swetnik described Kavanaugh as a "mean drunk" in high school who was physically and verbally aggressive with girls.
Judge Kavanaugh angrily denied that he had ever assaulted her or anyone else.
Trump, under pressure from members of his own party, has directed the FBI to renew an investigation into Kavanaugh's background.
Two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN, however, that Senate Republicans were working with White House counsel Don McGahn, who was "trying to make it as narrow as possible". While we may never know for sure, it's easier to doubt the allegations against Kavanaugh when there is an established history people creating accusations out of thin air. The judge has denied those allegations as well.
Graham was referring to an allegation from another woman, Julie Swetnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, saying they were present at the party in the early 1980s where she says she was gang-raped. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well. Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.
But already, two potentially crucial witnesses have said they will cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, raising the possibility that at least more statements and recollections will be added to the record, even if they're not ultimately definitive.
The man's identity has not been released by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but he identifies himself as "Jeffrey Catalan" on Twitter.
The FBI will contact every person connected to the accusations, take statements, and look for discrepancies in what they say.