Trump Orders FBI to Look Into Accusations Against Supreme Court Nominee

Tanya Cunningham
September 30, 2018

"Who knows, maybe she didn't, but that was the worst body language I've ever seen".

As the Senate is divided on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, so too are women across the country.

During his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly said Keyser, and two other people, had disputed Blasey's allegations.

NPR's Tim Mak has covered it all week on Capitol Hill.

In an interview published Saturday in The Atlantic, Flake said his refusal to issue a vote on Kavanaugh without a week-long "pause" for an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh was a last-ditch effort to overcome partisan battles that have plagued the confirmation process.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, as will be needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about things said to have happened during his teenage years.

Republicans who support Kavanaugh said there was no corroborating evidence for Ford's allegation. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), another Democrat up for reelection in November in a red state, said he would vote "no" on Kavanaugh'.

That made the two women staking out his office angry, and they confronted him when he tried to leave for Friday's hearing.

"The FBI has a job to do and that is to find the truth and present it", he said. She looked down again.

Flake, cornered in the elevator, shifted between looking at them and looking down.

'A lot of times, you cope by suppressing and forgetting, ' said King, who leads the King University College Republicans.

Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

Other senators backed Senator Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote in favour of Kavanaugh.

The probe "will hopefully allow this process to move forward in a timely and fair fashion", Sullivan said. "I can't pinpoint anything to say this is what caused me to come today to say let's postpone". And I - I've heard from friends, close friends.

In a statement, Mr Trump said: "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file".

And within hours, Archila and Gallagher were flooded with requests for interviews about their role in the day's events.

The abrupt developments gave senators, the White House and millions of Americans following the drama at home hardly a chance to catch their breath after Thursday's emotional Senate hearing featuring Kavanaugh angrily defending himself and accuser Christine Blasey Ford determinedly insisting he assaulted her when they were teens.

Archila said she believes the confrontation affected him.

Susan Conger, 64, a former math teacher from Augusta, Georgia, who also worked in the Reagan administration, said she turned off her television during Thursday's hearing but has followed the news coverage of the testimony. She told her story for the first time.

By her own account, Ford did not tell a soul about the incident until she got married in 2002. Now, the decision is left to the full Senate to confirm or reject Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the high court. "What are you doing, sir?"

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