Trump authorises expansion of Kavanaugh probe

Trump authorises expansion of Kavanaugh probe

Trump authorises expansion of Kavanaugh probe

"Unfortunately, despite having the time and opportunity to do so, Senator McConnell has refused to allow that FBI investigation". His attorney, Barbara Van Gelder, confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has interviewed Judge. He has denied all accusations.

In a White House press conference, the U.S. president sought to excuse excessive drinking by teenagers, while going beyond Kavanaugh's own testimony on his past use of alcohol to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Brett Kavanaugh has been teaching a course at Harvard Law for about a decade, the school said.

Officials insisted that they were not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background and insisted that Republican senators were dictating the inquiry's scope.

Earlier on Friday, Flake announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but he looked shaken after being cornered in an elevator by two sexual assault survivors as he headed to the committee meeting.

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.

Privately, the President has been frustrated at how Kavanaugh's once-assured confirmation process has been upended by multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in Kavanaugh's favour.

Flake is retiring after his one six-year Senate term.

"Supreme Court is the last bastion, the last institution that most Americans have faith in", he said, "If that faith is gone, then Heaven help us".

She declined to say exactly when it ended or what Judge was asked. He has previously sent two letters to the Senate committee indicating he does not recall events described by Ford. But what the investigation could confirm is what all those who knew him in high school and college have said is true: He lied to Congress about his drinking. She said that Smyth, like Keyser, was downstairs at the house when the alleged attack took place upstairs. The move seemed to be the result of pressure from several moderate Republicans, including Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, who initially pushed for a delay to the Kavanaugh confirmation process on Friday after listening to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.

Senator Jeff Flake, backed by fellow moderate Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, asked for the FBI investigation. Joni Ernst in her Senate offices ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31.

Among the witnesses interviewed were men who California college professor Christine Blasey Ford says were present at a party of teenagers in the early 1980s at which she says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. "The accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, including those by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are credible and grave". Speaking on the senate floor on Tuesday morning, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, said Kavanaugh's testimony was riddled with misstatements and inaccuracies, and accused him of having "grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol". Both said in statements that they had no recollection of being at the party.

Judge Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge has been interviewed by agents.

His fate now rests with a handful of wavering senators who must decide whether he is suitable to sit on the land's highest court in a vote expected later this week.

"He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of the United States Supreme Court", Trump wrote.

Following a press conference about trade, President Donald Trump was bombarded by questions regarding the FBI's investigation into his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford recounted in graphic detail to the Senate committee how Kavanaugh, along with a friend of his, allegedly locked her in a room at a house party and groped her, while holding his hand over her mouth to silence her screams.

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