Ramirez's lawyers wrote a letter to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee this week saying Ramirez, who lives in Colorado, was willing to cooperate with them regarding her allegation as well as a separate letter to the FBI's field office in Denver requesting that her allegation be included in the agency's background investigation for Kavanaugh's nomination.
Following the president's late-Saturday tweet, NBC News reported Trump's reaction to the network's earlier story, and stipulated that the president had given the FBI "free rein" to conduct the investigation as it sees fit.
Besides Ford's allegation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at the accusation of another woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at dormitory party while the two were undergraduate students at Yale. While Flake initially said Friday he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh, the senator partially reversed his position.
Flake later said he did not agree with Kavanaugh's attacks on Democrats in the opening statement and the insinuation the sexual assault allegations were "revenge on behalf of the Clintons", noting that those attacks "seemed partisan". "The FBI, this is what they do". Was it to promote her progressive organization (especially since she says they don't get big funding)?
"The scope and duration has been set by the Senate", Shah told Fox News.
The FBI referred all questions about the investigation to the White House.
Ramirez has told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were both students in the 1980s. "I think you give a little leeway there", he said. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope".
But, he said, he understood his anger.
"I do think something awful happened to Dr. Ford and I'm very sorry, but I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh was involved or had anything to do with it and that's why I will support (Kavanaugh's) nomination", Kennedy said in a phone interview with Louisiana reporters. She testified before the same panel immediately ahead of Kavanaugh.
Other senators backed Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote for Kavanaugh. "I believe in due process, she did sign an affidavit".
Ford's wrenching testimony Thursday drew expressions of deep sympathy from many viewers, and scores of women shared accounts on social media of having been victims of sexual aggression.
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 wouldn't answer directly when he was asked Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted. She said she didn't tell anyone before this week.
Don McGahn is the current White House counsel, and a friend of Kavanaugh.
But President Trump's tweet Saturday evening, placing the FBI fully in charge of the supplemental investigation, appeared to contradict Avenatti's assertion. That's what happened to me and that's what you're telling all women in America, that they don't matter, that they should just keep it to themselves because if they had told the truth you're just going to help that man to power anyway.