Senate Republicans have agreed to delay a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation for one week to allow for an FBI probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge, according to a statement issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.
The committee requested that the White House "instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to" Kavanaugh's nomination, the statement said.
The president agreed in short order. In a tweet posted by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday afternoon, the president said had ordered a supplemental investigation that would be "limited in scope and completed in less than one week."
The delay means that a floor vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, which had been expected for Tuesday, could now happen three days later. Senators will move forward with a procedural vote expected Saturday.
In a statement released by the White House Friday afternoon, Kavanaugh said he would "continue to cooperate."
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas; Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a number of other Republicans huddled in McConnell's office Friday afternoon to discuss how to proceed on the confirmation following a call from a number of key senators to delay the vote.
The president, who has stood by his nominee amid a turbulent confirmation process roiled by accusations of sexual abuse, said Friday that he would be "totally reliant" on Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.