President Donald Trump has ordered an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his nominee for the US Supreme Court.
A Senate committee earlier voted to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the top US court.
But a Republican member only backed the move on the understanding that such an inquiry would occur.
As a result, a full Senate vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been delayed for up to a week.
Judge Kavanaugh, an appeal court judge, denies allegations from at least three women.
On Thursday, the committee heard testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology in California, who says Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.