However, it's unclear if Republican leaders - or President Donald Trump - will support Flake's call for the investigation or might instead press forward with a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
It will be limited in scope and be completed in less than one week. The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators.
If confirmed to a lifetime Supreme Court appointment, Kavanaugh would consolidate conservative control of the nation's highest court and advance Trump's broad effort to shift the American judiciary to the right. Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.
"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me".
With just over a month until crucial midterm elections that will determine which party controls both chambers of Congress, and with the #MeToo movement galvanizing women voters, that was a risk Republicans couldn't afford to take.
Judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday he either does not recall or flatly rejects the allegations about his and Kavanaugh's behavior in high school.
"A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts".
Watch the highlights from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's emotional testimonies. "But I think she embellished what happened, or she would have gone to some authority or said something about it years ago".
"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". Two other women besides Ford have also lodged public sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room with Kavanaugh when he pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth while trying to remove her clothes, has also denied the incident took place.
"If the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any law enforcement agency requests Mr. Judge's cooperation, he will answer any and all questions posed to him", said Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder.
Moments later, a visibly troubled Flake changed course, huddled with Democratic colleague and friend Sen.
Referring to his testimony at the Thursday hearing, he stressed that he was transparent and answered questions "about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me".
Conger has spent time volunteering with her local women's Republican club, calling the offices of senators asking them to support Kavanaugh's nomination.