Trump authorises expansion of Kavanaugh probe

Trump authorises expansion of Kavanaugh probe

He said: "The FBI needs to be allowed to pursue all reasonable investigatory steps from the credible allegations in front of the committee."Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber would vote this week on Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge in Washington. Even the American Bar Association, which has previously rated Judge Kavanaugh as "well qualified" has called for an FBI investigation, where we could learn more information and other potential witnesses could be interviewed", Donnelly said". They say that the administration has put strict limits on what the FBI can investigate.

Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump, lashed out at Democratic senators during the hearing, frequently interrupting them.

While discussing the case on CNN, she said "I feel very empathetic, frankly, towards victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape".

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were teens.

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said that in addition to the allegations the conspiracy-minded accusation Kavanaugh made in last week's session makes him unfit for the top court in the land. While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Ludington said he was concerned about Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A witness told police the man who threw the glass was Chris Dudley, Kavanaugh's close friend.

I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.

This clears the way for several further avenues of investigation by the FBI, including interviewing several of Kavanaugh's classmates from his time at Yale.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) takes part in a discussion "Can our Democracy Survive?" at The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute's 2018 Atlantic Festival in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2018.

They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.

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A spokesman for McConnell declined to clarify whether McConnell was referring to procedural votes or a final vote on confirming Kavanaugh.

Trump still supports his Supreme Court nominee, who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women.

Agents also have not contacted Julie Swetnick, who alleges in a sworn statement that Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, tried to get teenage girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys". A number of the witnesses Blasey named in her account of the alleged assault said they have no memory of the events she described taking place.

The Republican president was sympathetic to Kavanaugh, saying the nominee has been treated unfairly and that he believes Kavanaugh did not lie about the extent of his drinking in high school and college during testimony before the Senate panel on Thursday.

Flake said he would ensure it's a "real investigation", by the FBI as Democrats demanded that Trump give them a full readout of his instructions to the agency.

"I didn't say that", Mr. Mr Kavanaugh denies that as well.

Quoting an unnamed senior United States official, NBC reported that the FBI's witness list does not include Julie Swetnick, the third accuser to come forward with a claim against Mr Kavanaugh. An FBI investigation has been approved to look into Kavanaugh this week ahead of a vote to send him to the Supreme Court.

With the investigation underway, Senate Republican leaders appear intent on moving forward with the nomination as swiftly as possible.

While Democrats have said they hope to keep delaying Kavanaugh's nomination until past the mid-term elections and ultimately torpedo his chances, McConnell said on October 1 that a floor vote would, in fact, happen this week.

Trump said he was surprised at how much Kavanaugh talked about his beer drinking while in school.

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