Republican senator who could tank Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court ambitions says the FBI should investigate allegations brought by Julie Swetnick

  • A Republican senator who remains undecided about her vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation into the Supreme Court, wants the FBI to include Julie Swetnick's allegations in their investigation into all of the sexual assault accusations made against Kavanaugh. 
  • Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told local reporters that getting additional background information into Kavanaugh's previous sexual assault allegations will help her and the other undecided senators decide whether they should vote to confirm him. 
  • Swetnick was the third woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. 
  • Some Republican leaders have tried to discredit Swetnick, pointing to recent reports that she has been involved in at least six lawsuits over the last 25 years. 

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine wants the FBI to take seriously the sexual misconduct allegations brought forth by Julie Swetnick as part of the agency's renewed investigation surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

Swetnick was the third woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. 

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Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester displays a note on her hand that reads 'No Kavanaugh' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters stand with their hands up while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters display notes written on their arms reading 'Believe Survivors' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A protester displays a note on her hand that reads 'No More' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A protester displays a note on her hand that reads 'No Kavanaugh' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexual assault will present dueling accounts of what happened -- or didnt happen -- 36 years ago, as senators hold a historic hearing that will shape the court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters hold signs while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A protester displays a note on her hand that reads 'No Kavanaugh' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexual assault will present dueling accounts of what happened -- or didnt happen -- 36 years ago, as senators hold a historic hearing that will shape the court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters hold their hands up while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Chet Strange / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHET STRANGE/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rallying against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh watch testimony from Christine Blasey Ford on a smartphone inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: A supporter of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: A supporter of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh wears stickers on his jacket while standing inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrive inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as Christine Blasey Ford testifies at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on September 27, 2018. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stand during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rallying against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh watch testimony from Christine Blasey Ford on a smartphone inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A protester in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wears stickers reading 'I Stand With Brett' ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexual assault will present dueling accounts of what happened -- or didnt happen -- 36 years ago, as senators hold a historic hearing that will shape the court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A protester wears tape over her mouth that reads 'Believe Women' while demonstrating ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Chairman�Chuck Grassley�called for a 'safe, comfortable and dignified' hearing Thursday on a sexual assault allegation against�Brett�Kavanaugh�as the panel opened a historic hearing that promises to shape the Supreme Court's future and redefine the 'Me Too' era. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - SEPT 27: Joy Gerhard, of Seattle, cries in the Hart Senate Office Building atrium as she listens on her phone to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify on the sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Thursday Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators listen to Christine Blasey Ford's testimony during a protest against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors rallying against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh watch testimony from Christine Blasey Ford on a smartphone inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators' signs lay on the floor during a protest against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors gather to demonstrate against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) poses for a photo with demonstrators during a demonstration against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Protestors and supporters of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh watch Christine Blasey Ford's testimony from Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) office on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: A sign lays on the floor during a protest against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Demonstrators' signs lay on the floor during a protest against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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Speaking about Collins and her Republican colleagues, Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Collins' spokesperson said she "advocated for the additional background investigation because she believed that it could help the senators evaluate the claims that have been brought to the Judiciary Committee," the Press Herald reported.

Several Republican lawmakers, including President Donald Trump himself, have sought to discredit Swetnick's allegations against Kavanaugh by pointing to recent news reports detailing previous legal cases in which she was involved.

But Michael Avenatti, who represents Swetnick and the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, said Monday that Swetnick has offered to take a polygraph test to bolster her claims.  

Swetnick has been involved in at least six lawsuits over the last 25 years, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

Before Kavanaugh faced the Senate Judiciary Committee to address sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford last week, Collins had hinted she may vote yes on his confirmation. Since the renewed FBI investigation got underway, it's not yet known where she may land.

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