Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Federal Bureau of Investigation probe is the next battle in war over Kavanaugh

Federal Bureau of Investigation probe is the next battle in war over Kavanaugh

Following her to the witness table, Kavanaugh denied the allegations and angrily defended himself. Judge has also denied misconduct allegations.

Flake said he was in close touch with McGahn's office to ensure the investigation is thorough.

On Friday, Flake - who had previously announced that he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation - called for an FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations after being confronted in the elevator by sexual assault survivors and speaking with his friend, Democratic Senator Coons prior to the Judiciary Committee vote.

Leaving the hearing on Friday, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

The New York Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that the White House asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to share its findings after the initial interviews and that Trump and his advisers would then decide whether the accusations should be investigated further.

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Kagan, who Kavanaugh cited in his remarks before a contentious hearing Thursday for hiring him to teach at Harvard Law School, refused to answer a student's question about the nomination process.

Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ms Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation.

"I think the press has treated me unbelievably unfairly", he said, saying he hoped they would do better once he won the election.

President Donald Trump says he wants a "comprehensive" FBI investigation of the sexual assault accusations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. "I think we all felt as though the country needed to feel that the court was a functioning institution no matter what was happening outside". However the FBI is carrying out an investigation into Ford's allegations, as well as allegations made by a second woman, Deborah Ramirez. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

At the same time, Coons said he lobbied Flake to ask for a one-week pause so the FBI could investigate further.

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When the justices have said or done something seen as political, the reaction is often swift.

Additionally, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's yesterday released a statement saying he was "deeply troubled" by the nominee's efforts to downplay his drinking in his youth. The decision drew criticism from Democrats, accusing the White House of an attempt to micromanage the investigation by limiting its scope.

Republicans later called the White House to discuss the scope of the probe, the person said.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., requested an investigation last Friday - after he and other Republicans on the panel voted along strict party lines in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation - as a condition for his own subsequent vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

At least three women have accused Kavanaugh of years-ago misconduct. Judge has also denied misconduct allegations.

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Sanders spoke on "Fox News Sunday", Conway appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and Graham and Hirono were interviewed on ABC's "This Week".

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