Jeff Flake, Chris Coons On Brett Kavanaugh’s "Angry" Senate Testimony

by Garry Watts October 1, 2018, 0:11
Jeff Flake, Chris Coons On Brett Kavanaugh’s

The White House has not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh but is also opposed an open-ended "fishing expedition" that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility, two Trump administration officials said Sunday.

Kavanaugh's high school friend, Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said Friday that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

In a stunning reversal on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Trump administration to order the FBI to investigate the misconduct allegations - but only after the panel sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a final vote. Kavanaugh, in his testimony following Ford's, categorically denied the allegations.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway denied during TV interviews Sunday that the White House is directing the process. The order to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was signed by Trump but has not been made public, while the White House has sought to lay responsibility for the details on the Senate.

Ms Sanders said Mr Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.

Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Ramirez has told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were both students in the 1980s. Think about them! I have two children and can not imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl.

The new Trump tweet seems to contradict the presidents own statement from the 28th, saying that the FBI's investigation would be "limited in scope".

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The president revisited the question of the scope of the FBI's probe in a late-night tweet Saturday, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". Ford told senators that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when she was a sophomore in high school.

The FBI will be investigating aspects of three women's claims against Kavanaugh, but it reportedly does not plan to question one of the women, Julie Swetnick. Jeff Flake and Maine Sen.

"I need to go", Flake said.

But other women have spent hours calling Senate offices in support of Kavanaugh, condemning what they saw as an anti-Republican ploy that's damaged not only Kavanaugh's reputation and livelihood but also his accuser's.

Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation. "If I was unjustly accused, that's how I would feel, as well", Flake said. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said last week they interviewed two men who said they might have had the encounter with Ford that she described, but no Republican senator has lent any credence to those claims. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favour of Kavanaugh along party lines Friday. "I don't know, have you?"

"I was really struck that I thought his anger got the best of him". "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and you're going to elect people who do these things into power".

But she expressed confidence that no new information will be uncovered, noting the allegations did not surface during the judge's six prior background checks for positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. "They are just compiling the investigation and reporting on it".

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