Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

FBI Re-Investigating Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

State advocates condemn advancement of Kavanaugh confirmation FBI interviews accuser; Yale friend remembers heavy drinker
Faye Gross | 02 October, 2018, 15:37

President Donald Trump bowed to pressure from moderate members of his Republican Party on Friday and ordered the probe after Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, detailed her allegations at a Senate hearing that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982, when the two were in high school.

"I think it's very unfair to bring up things like this", Mr Trump said.

At a White House press conference, Trump said the treatment of Kavanaugh and his family by media and Democrats was "not describable".

FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in "inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s", her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning.

Trump again defended his embattled high court pick who faces sexual assault allegations, questions about his temperament, and new concerns that he is too partisan - as well as whether he misled the Senate Judiciary Committee during emotional testimony about the allegations last week.

Ford, Kavanaugh's first public accuser, has said that Judge, Keyser and Smyth were present at the party where she says Kavanaugh assaulted her in the early 1980s.

Although the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday approved Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, it was conditional on a new inquiry into what it said were the "credible allegations" facing him.

McConnell offered a visual of his position on whether a judge who is up for a lifetime appointment in one of the most powerful positions in USA government should be subjected to an FBI investigation in light of numerous assault allegations, when he ignored two women who attempted to speak to him in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

"My message here today is that tribalism is ruining us", said the Arizona Republican at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

Protesters rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his confirmation, September 28, 2018, at the Supreme Court in Washington.

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A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the White House had defined the parameters of the probe for the FBI and that the investigation would start with interviews with only four people. The investigation could take only days before it goes to the White House for review.

She also took a polygraph test, administered by a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, which showed no signs of deception in her claim that she was sexually assaulted and that Kavanaugh was the person who attacked her.

Kavanaugh's appointment and the subsequent hearings in Washington have turned into political issues in campaigns back home, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner calling for the process to be delayed and Democratic congressional candidates publicly backing Ford.

Chad Ludington, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, where his alleged assault on Ramirez reportedly took place, released a statement to the press Sunday about the judge's drinking habits as a student. "I used that word because of the fact we made a deal with Mexico". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Mr. Cullen, who has never been a fan of Mr. Trump, said he hopes Mr. Flake keeps it up.

"Let me make it very clear".

"Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority".

Supreme Court nominations require Senate confirmation.

In refusing to answer another Kavanaugh question, Trump appeared to allude to the nominee by saying: "You talk about being treated harshly". "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like", Sanders said. He has vehemently denied all allegations.

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