President Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a "supplemental" investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but wants it completed within a week.
"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file," Trump said in a statement. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week."
Trump's order came after after several undecided senators whose votes are needed to confirm Kavanaugh called for a week long FBI probe.
Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk about the Kavanaugh hearing and Senator Flake's call for a delay.
On this week: We have moved past partisanship to a place where whatever you can get away with, whatever you think you can do, do it. The conduct of the Democratic party, the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee over the last three months, is despicable. The conduct of Republicans in the three weeks intervening was not impressive. This was a bad and ugly spectacle and it gave reason for a lot of people to look at the way we're doing this and say no wonder. When you look at something like this it's not surprising that things are as bad as they are in terms of public confidence in institutions and other things. (00:54)
On how we improve on the ugliness: The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Act rises in my estimation every year or so in perhaps being the worst single piece of legislation enacted in my lifetime, in terms of breaking our politics. Campaign finance reform always sounded popular. We're going to take money out of politics. They didn't mean to lead us into the open sewer of this majoritarian tyranny, but what they did was dis-empower parties. (2:25)
On the parties losing touch with their bases: Absolutely, and a lot of that has to do with technology and decentralization and it has to do with the nationalization of all politics. No politics are local. All politics are national. And we are extremely well sorted. All conservatives are Republicans. All of the liberals are Democrats and that's the way that is. (9:05)
On his book Every Man A King: In the book we talk about it all the time. What do you when what's popular is bad? It's sort of like when we talk about, is the media the enemy of the people? No, but has the media hurt it's case for credibility, badly and many times over and over?... I mean the New Yorker story alone about the second allegation, was bonkers. As an editor, I look at that and I say, 'How did that get into one of America's most influential magazines?' All of those things were overdone. The elites have not responded to the demands of the populists. The elites have on issues like immigration, on issues like free trade, on many issues have said, 'No, no, no, be quiet. This is good. And I don't need to keep explaining to you why it's good. You should just accept that it is.' We need a country that can have a Senate, a real Senate, where 100 people elected by the state go into the chamber and can hash stuff out and they can works things out. (11:56)