White House gives Federal Bureau of Investigation freer rein in Kavanaugh probe

Posted October 03, 2018

Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process.

"I want to see what happens with the FBI", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House before he left on a visit to Philadelphia.

Schumer reminded McConnell that it is the majority leader's own members who wouldn't approve Kavanaugh without more investigation: "These things have been delayed because people on his side of the aisle, who had honest concerns about having a fair process, said they won't go forward unless the process is made fairer". Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising these new questions because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove the decades-old sexual misconduct allegations, the Times reported.

"I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said.

"It's a matter of which allegations have what we call 'meat on the bone, ' where they determine they're credible and they're going to go out and do some interviews", Gomez said.

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The first woman to come forward with allegations against Mr Kavanaugh was psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted the next day to advance Kavanaugh out of the committee and towards a full Senate vote, but Sen.

He has at least one other Judiciary Republican on his side.

While the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh are deeply troubling, there's unlikely to be the kind of clear evidence for these acts as there might be for accusations of perjury.

No Republicans have indicated since last week's emotional session featuring Kavanaugh and Ford that they would vote against his nomination, although Arizona's Jeff Flake gave a conditional Yes, calling for a FBI investigation that Republicans had resisted. All of them", Mr. Schumer told reporters, adding, "We have nothing to do with delay.

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However, she said that she clearly remembered what Kavanaugh had done and also said that a student nearby had yelled: "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face". Or that the FBI's investigation was not infinite or endless enough for their liking. He said Kavanaugh was "rightfully angry" about the accusations, and he added, "Who wouldn't be?"

What he's said: "I agreed to support him before all of this came out". "It's not my call, but I think they need to see it. ..." The investigation was initiated at the direction of the White House after a request by Republican Sen.

Democrats, however, raised questions if Kavanaugh's temperment made him an appropriate nominee for the Supreme Court. A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed. Ramirez has separately accused Kavanaugh in a report from The New Yorker of inappropriate sexual behavior related to his time at Yale.

According to the Washington Post, Kavanaugh, then 17, was "stumbling drunk" when he pinned Ford down, covered her mouth and groped her.

The talking point started with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her criticism of Kavanaugh's "agressive and belligerent" testimony in his own defense.

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The Kavanaugh nomination erupted last month into a major controversy that jeopardized an effort by Trump and his fellow Republicans to cement conservative dominance of the nation's highest court and push America's judiciary to the right.Coming just before November 6 elections when control of Congress is at stake, the nomination has become a politically explosive issue, with some Republicans fearing that pushing ahead with confirmation would alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.