WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump left the door open Friday to a reopening of the FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he wants Republican Senate leaders to do “whatever they think is necessary” to get to a decision on whether to confirm him.

A day after an emotional hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations against Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Trump told reporters at the White House he thought her testimony was “compelling” and said “she looks like a very fine woman to me.”

However, he continued to stand by Kavanaugh. Asked if he had thought of replacing Kavanaugh, Trump said: “Not even a little bit.”

Trump, when pressed on his views about a potential FBI investigation, said he would rely on what Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and other Republican leaders wanted to.

“That’ll be a decision that they’re going to make,” he said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has 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. However, any FBI investigation would require Trump’s approval.

 

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