Senate Vote on Supreme Court Kavanaugh Nominee Postponed for FBI Probe

01 October, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing

The US investigative agency FBI will probe sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.

He later tweeted support for Kavanaugh, saying "Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time", Ramirez's attorney John Clune said on Saturday.

Late Saturday, Trump tweeted: "NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people".

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Later that day, Trump ordered the investigation and that it be limited in scope and completed by next Friday. And Trump, in a shift in tone from the night before, tweeted Sunday afternoon that Democrats are "are starting to put out the word that the "time" and "scope" of Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into Judge Kavanaugh and witnesses is not enough. It is illegal to obstruct committee investigations", Mr. Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!". White House counsel Don McGhan, who is the administration's leading advocate for Kavanaugh's confirmation, is overseeing the probe for the President and working closely with Senate Republican leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee requested that the White House ask the FBI to conduct the supplemental investigation, which will be "limited to current credible allegations" and must be done by October 5. "Unfortunately, that's part of the "search and destroy" process that, frankly, I think is an embarrassment to the Senate".

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said he thought some of Kavanaugh's exchanges with Sens.

"We heard her provide details in that story that can be corroborated and other facts that can be uncovered if we hear from other witnesses", Blumenthal said.

The encounter happened after they learned Flake made a decision to support the Kavanaugh's nomination.

According to NBC News, another restriction the White House has set bars the FBI from investigating Kavanaugh's account of his drinking habits during high school and at Yale University.

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Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations. Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.

Flake later said he did not agree with Kavanaugh's attacks on Democrats in the opening statement and the insinuation the sexual assault allegations were "revenge on behalf of the Clintons", noting that those attacks "seemed partisan".

"We're not going to give it to them", Trump said.

"I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes", he said.

At a dramatic televised hearing on Thursday, university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of pinning her down and assaulting her in the 1980s.

Swetnick has claimed, in a sworn statement, that Kavanaugh and Judge engaged in lewd behavior with young women at high school parties, and alleged the two placed drugs or alcohol in punch in order to inebriate women so they could be "gang raped" by other partygoers. Chris Coons, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, launched a bipartisan effort last Friday to delay a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh for a week so the FBI could investigate the sexual impropriety claims made against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

While the vote on Kavanaugh is postponed, the full Senate is now officially considering Kavanaugh's nomination. Ford says he was present during her alleged assault; he has said he has no memory of the alleged attack.

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