Donald Trump says he wants 'comprehensive' FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh

Minnie Murray
October 2, 2018

The apparent go-ahead for an un-proscribed interview, reported by the New York Times and as stated by President Trump a press conference, follows reports that the White House counsel had told investigators to limit their queries to a small group of people.

Judge is a former classmate of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

"Dr. Ford demonstrated tremendous bravery in her testimony yesterday", the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault said in a statement. "Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that", he said. Judge "categorically" denies the allegations.

"I watched him and I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer". When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Ludington said he was concerned about Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh to the top USA court, said on Monday the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have free rein to interview any witnesses it deemed necessary.

Some of his other top officials also hit back, with his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders saying the White House was not "micromanaging" the inquiry. "Part of what we're trying to do is make sure that, win or lose, this process has some semblance of fairness".

"It's a Senate process". They've said that they do want a full investigation.

But even Flake, who joined with Democrats in calling for the FBI investigation, said he could understand Kavanaugh's outburst given the seriousness of the accusations. "The FBI is not tasked to do that". Jeff Flake of Arizona who stunned the country last Friday by insisting on a one-week delay on a Senate confirmation vote so the FBI could conduct another investigation of Kavanaugh.

Another committee member, Sen.

"I think it's fair to do it to me, I've been going - from day one, I've been at - from long before I got to office you've been doing it. And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

Moments earlier, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of engaging in the "politics of personal destruction" against a "stunningly qualified nominee". It's not. If Republicans maintain control of the Senate majority, Graham is all but certain to become the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Collins and Flake spoke throughout the weekend.

The two women who confronted Flake were left-wing activists with the Center for Popular Democracy, according to John Fund of National Review.

Referring to the outcry against Mitchell, a veteran sex-crimes prosecutor, McConnell said on the Senate floor that nothing will satisfy his Democrat colleagues.

Like it or not the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and now the nomination of Kavanaugh can be laid at the feet of those who either didn't vote in 2016 or voted for a third party. Donnelly called the allegations "disturbing and credible". He said she was cooperating with the investigation. It's unclear, however, how extensive of an investigation it can accomplish in a week's time.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Trump decries "trauma" done to Kavanaugh, calls for "comprehensive" investigation".

"They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. I hope. I hope", he said.

Trump didn't say reports of Kavanaugh's drinking should be off-limits, but said the nominee had been candid about his youthful drinking.

Kavanaugh struck an angry and defiant tone during the hearing, denying allegations made by three women against him.

Asked what a vote of support for Kavanaugh sends to women, particularly from a female senator, Ernst said her positive vote shows women that "we are innocent until proven guilty".

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations. They apparently took a look at the hearings for Justice Thomas in 1991 and decided "it worked then so why not now?"

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