Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Confusion surrounds Judge Brett Kavanaugh's FBI investigation

From left Sen. Dean Heller R-Nev. Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La. Sen. Ron Johnson R-Wis. and Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday Sept. 13 2017 to unveil legislation to reform health care. (AP Ph Exclusive — Sen. Bill Cassidy FBI Probe Must Investigate Dems’ Collusion to Smear Kavanaugh AP
Ellis Copeland | 01 October, 2018, 04:13

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), the GOP swing vote member who voted in favor of moving Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor during Friday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and also called to delay the full Senate vote in order to conduct an FBI investigation, is explaining himself.

Peters and Mendler have been spokeswomen of sorts for Ford's family, many of whom have largely kept quiet as Ford's sexual assault allegation disrupted Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"I do think something bad happened to Dr. Ford and I'm very sorry, but I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh was involved or had anything to do with it and that's why I will support (Kavanaugh's) nomination", Kennedy said in a phone interview with Louisiana reporters.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory when they were undergraduates.

Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations against him during last Thursday's committee hearing.

Her attorney said Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had contacted Ramirez about an interview and that she planned to cooperate.

"We make this request because of the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law, " the ABA letter to committee leadership said.

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party in the summer of 1982.

According to the report, officials who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity "characterized the White House instructions as a significant constraint on the FBI investigation and caution that such a limited scope, while not unusual in normal circumstances, may make it hard to pursue additional leads in a case in which a Supreme Court nominee has been accused of sexual assault".

Late on Saturday, Trump called the NBC report incorrect on Twitter, saying, "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".

Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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Committee spokesmen did not return a request for comment to elaborate on what specifically those allegations are. In the letter, Keyser said she's willing to cooperate "fully with the FBI's supplemental investigation of Dr.


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The President also said that having the FBI conduct a thorough investigation could be "a blessing in disguise" and predicted that the agency would have the probe done in less than a week.

Committee investigators have actively pursued a number of tips the committee has received regarding the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, though the committee has not been able to substantiate any allegations of wrongdoing by Judge Kavanaugh. She testified before the same panel immediately ahead of Kavanaugh.

The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he never sexually assaulted anyone, including Christine Blasey Ford.

Other Republicans entered, including Sen.

Republicans who support Kavanaugh said there was no corroborating evidence for Ford's allegation. "Certainly her body language was not exactly very good when they asked her that question", the president said. And I think as I make my remarks, perhaps you'll see why.

Swetnick has alleged in a sworn declaration that Kavanaugh and Judge were present at a party in the early 1980s where she was gang raped. Ford told the senators she believed Judge's employment records would help her better recall the time frame in which the alleged assault occurred. As a result, a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed for up to a week.

Senators Chris Coons and Jeff Flake are set to appear for an interview on 60 Minutes, and in a preview released Sunday morning, they weighed in on Brett Kavanaugh's furious testimony before the Judiciary Committee. "But this is the first time in Gallup's trend since 1994 that both parties have expressed high enthusiasm", Gallup reported. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The Kavanaugh senate confirmation hearing has divided women across the country.

A person familiar with the matter told CNN that Senate Republicans drafted the initial list of people it wanted the FBI to interview in the investigation and gave the list to the White House.

Mace said that she viewed the testimony as an "at all costs" effort by Democrats to win back control in Congress and possibly hold the seat open until a future Democratic president can fill it.

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