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Murkowski backs FBI probe of Kavanaugh claims

Arriving to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski is pursued by reporters asking about her stand on President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.
Arriving to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski is pursued by reporters asking about her stand on President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican senator is indicating she believes there should be a new FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of a handful of Senate Republicans undecided on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. When asked Tuesday if there should be a full FBI investigation about the claims, she said: ‘‘Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn’t it?’’

President Donald Trump and most Senate Republicans have said an FBI investigation isn’t needed. Kavanaugh and his initial accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford says he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers.

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A second woman told the New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her in college. Kavanaugh denies both claims.