Senators divided on what (if anything) to release from Kavanaugh FBI report

Posted October 03, 2018

Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called for the probe, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now says the vote will occur soon.

"And a man's life is in tatters", he added.

Also Tuesday, an attorney for another accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said he's seen no indication that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached out to any of the 20 people who Ramirez told them may be able to corroborate her account that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were Yale freshmen.

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on a handful of key Republican and Democratic senators who have not yet fully tipped their votes, including Republican Sens.

"His credibility is in real doubt - doubt enough for a lot of Americans to say this man should not be on the Supreme Court".

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Mr Ludington told reporters: "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". "My whole life, my whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty", the president told reporters before boarding Marine One for a trip to Philadelphia to speak to the National Electrical Contractors Convention. "We simply can't", Flake, who is retiring as a senator in January, said at an event in Washington. Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has made a name for himself as flagbearer for white male identity in America, unloaded on what he calls "militant feminism" after the dramatic Kavanaugh hearing.

A member of the Judiciary Committee, Mr Flake voted to approve Mr Kavanaugh in the panel's vote on Friday that sent the nomination to the full Senate for consideration, but only after he requested that the FBI conduct an investigation of the sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee.

The New York Democrat later said "there is a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI investigation is complete, the findings should be released publicly with any personal information redacted". "There have been a lot of people over the a year ago that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable".

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from September 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday, giving a hint of the Democrats' strategy. I don't know! But I had one beer.

"The accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, including those by Dr". A lawyer for Judge, who has denied any wrongdoing, declined to say when the interview finished or what Judge was asked. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault.

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At the same time, Democrats have stepped up their attacks on Donald Trump's nominee for the highest court in the land, calling into question his impartiality after what they said was a "partisan" defence during a public hearing last week.

Julie Swetnick made that assertion in a sworn statement and is represented by Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her claim that Trump paid her for silence about an alleged 2006 affair.

Susan Collins, another undecided Republican, was riding with Murkowski on an underground Senate train.

Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and placed his hand over her mouth to silence her when both were teenagers in Maryland in the early 1980s. She said further that over a series of parties, she saw Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s".

Trump posed a hypothetical situation about a bright young man who had just gotten at job "at IBM or General Motors" but is falsely accused of sexual misconduct.

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