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What The FBI Is Looking For In Its Brett Kavanaugh Investigation

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What The FBI Is Looking For In Its Brett Kavanaugh Investigation
Investigators are spending the week talking with people who may know more about the alleged attack.
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The Supreme Court began a new term this week without a full bench as it waits on the FBI to investigate sexual abuse allegations against nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The investigation is set to last one week as part of a bipartisan agreement reached by the Senate Judiciary Committee. And legal experts say unless new evidence is unearthed, it shouldn't take longer than that. 

"If nothing developed beyond what most of us would think would be the scope, they can finish it within a week," said Mark Zaid, a lawyer and expert in federal background investigations. "I don't think there would be any difficulty."

Throughout the week, the FBI is expected to look into every detail of the alleged assault that Christine Blasey Ford claims took place decades ago. 

"They just want to get the basic facts. When did it happen, where did it happen, who was present, who did you tell, who might have heard, who were your friends, who was the other person's friends?" Zaid said. 

That will include speaking with other people present in the room during the alleged incident, like Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who previously denied the claims. Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, who Ford says were at the house at the time of her attack, said their clients are cooperating with authorities. 

Assuming the probe is finished this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to hold the vote on Friday. However, senators would be doing so at a contentious time. 

According to a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, only 37 percent of registered voters want their senator to confirm him. However, that figure jumps to 60 percent if investigators don't find any corroboration of the claims Ford made.

The result will likely come down to just a few senators who are on the fence about Kavanaugh's nomination. Either way, the testimony given by both Kavanaugh and Ford might have already made a permanent impact. 

"Judge Kavanaugh is not going to come out on the right side of history from a perception standpoint, regardless of what the facts are of the case. As to how she presented herself: very well, very articulate, even President Trump commended her as to how she presented herself, and Judge Kavanaugh is going to be Matt Damon on 'Saturday Night Live' for the rest of his life," Zaid said.