Flake vows to vote ‘no’ if Supreme Court nominee lied

02 October, 2018, 12:34 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Flake speaks with committee colleagues during a hearing in Washington on Sept. 28 2018 after requested a delay for a floor vote to allow for an FBI investigation

Nine of 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote on Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn, listing 24 people they said should be interviewed by the FBI and urging that the investigation assess all three allegations of sexual misconduct.

While Trump's press conference was called Monday to discuss the trade deal struck Sunday between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the questioning soon turned to the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination.

The Republican senator at the center of the Supreme Court debate is vowing to make sure the FBI does "a real investigation" into President Donald Trump's nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate, made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats, will be "voting this week" on advancing the Kavanaugh nomination, setting up a possible final confirmation vote this weekend or early next week. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said in a statement issued by the White House.

Kavanaugh faces sexual misconduct allegations, including those from Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last week that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.

Mr Kavanaugh denied her allegation, as well as accusations made by two other women, and accused Democrats of making him the victim of a political "hit".

Ford, Kavanaugh and a Senate hearing
The outcome of this hearing is likely to determine whether Kavanaugh's promotion to the highest court in America is successful. She recalled that after she said hello, "his face was white". "It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr.

The true test for Flake would come once the full Senate votes on the Kavanaugh nomination in the coming days, Walsh said.

In Thursday's extraordinary hearing, Kavanaugh vehemently denied the sexual abuse allegations, and also aggressively challenged suggestions he had a drinking problem at the time.

The most senior Democrat on the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has sent a letter urging the White House to release the written directive sent by President Trump to the FBI launching the investigation.

"I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, told CNN that she was "very concerned" by the reported White House constraints on the inquiry.

The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators. They should interview, but also be guided. "It can't be used in a criminal case, it's an investigative tool", Flagg said. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation has also reached out to Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale who says he thrust his genitals into her face during a party.

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"The Supreme Court is one of the last bastions of trust".

Judge has denied Ford's allegations. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) talk during a mark up hearing about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Mitchell argued there were inconsistencies in Christine Blasey Ford's narrative and said no one has corroborated Ford's account of what she says happened between her and Kavanaugh.

Previously, the administration had authorized the FBI to interview only the first two Kavanaugh accusers, leading to charges that the White House was trying to "micromanage" the investigation.

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

Mitchell also points out Ford claimed to want to keep her story confidential, but called the tipline at the Washington Post even before her claim was presented to Sen.

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