Senate Judiciary Committee refers ‘false statements’ against Brett Kavanaugh to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee refers ‘false statements’ against Brett Kavanaugh to Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI also is following up on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychologist, who testified to the Senate this week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school in suburban Washington, D.C.

According to NBC News, another restriction the White House has set bars the FBI from investigating Kavanaugh's account of his drinking habits during high school and at Yale University.

The Kavanaugh inquiry is expected to be tightly controlled by senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials working with agents in the Washington and Baltimore field offices who will collectively determine who will be interviewed, what kind of questions to ask and what, if any, evidence to examine, according to a former senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, as will be needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about things said to have happened during his teenage years.

On Friday, President Donald Trump directed the FBI to re-open its background investigation of his nominee after Republican Sen.

Kavanaugh's third accuser, Julie Swetnick, who is Jewish, stepped forward this week, alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct as a high schooler.

In my opinion, the judge acted anything but judge-like in his condemnation of anything that moved on the Democrat side of the aisle, which has caused me to question whether he has the judicial temperament to sit in final judgment of others.

Later, Flake told reporters, "I want to support Judge Kavanaugh".

Ford told the Judiciary Committee that some weeks after the alleged assault, she ran into Judge at a local grocery store where he was working for the summer. "All I saw was two people in a great deal of pain". He was viewed as a possible "no" vote on the panel and in the closely-divided Senate - until his morning announcement Friday.

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Returning from the hidden arm-twisting effort, Flake told the committee that he would vote to move the nomination to the full Senate but was asking Republican leaders to delay a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates -- with a one-week deadline - sexual harassment accusations made against Kavanaugh.

Asked about Keyser's statement, Ford could only shrug, "Leland has significant health challenges and I'm happy that she's focusing on herself".

MAK: Flake also said he wasn't the only one with reservations.

Republicans agreed to Flake's demand, which puts the vote to confirm Kavanaugh by at least a week.

Rachel Mitchell asks questions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018.

Ms. Ford, a psychologist, says she herself met Mr. Kavanaugh as the two traveled in similar social circles. They have hired many of his former clerks for their own chambers. Later that day, President Trump ordered the investigation and that it be limited in scope and completed by next Friday. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As for Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, the women who confronted him in the elevator, Flake said their intervention was "poignant", but that he believed "some of their concern was how Kavanaugh would rule on the court".

COPPINS: You talked earlier about the crisis of authority facing American institutions.

Despite skepticism over these two men, Kavanaugh himself and many on the right have granted that someone else may have tried to rape Ford, and she has misidentified or misremembered her attacker.

Despite his call for the investigation, the Arizona senator said he still intends to vote for Kavanaugh "unless they turn up something". Lisa Murkowski, Alaska's senior senator, was among the first Republicans to join Flake in the calls.

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