December 11, 2018

FBI may wrap up Kavanaugh investigation later today, source tells Fox News

03 October 2018, 07:42 | Darnell Patrick

US President Donald Trump has said he wants the FBI to conduct a comprehensive investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but that he did not want to see a "witch hunt".

It was a striking change of tactic after the United States president had opted to show restraint towards Christine Blasey Ford, and called her a "very credible witness" during her Senate testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week.

He mocked Ford's testimony, noting she said she could remember how many beers she consumed but couldn't remember details about where the house was where she says the assault happened or how she got home that night.

When she spoke before the Senate committee last Thursday, Prof Ford recalled that the house where the alleged assault took place was in the Chevy Chase-Bethesda area in the Washington DC suburbs.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know, upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

One of Ford's attorneys, Michael Bromwich, condemned Trump's remarks on Twitter, writing: "A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?"

Garrett's lawyer, William Sullivan, says Garrett has voluntarily cooperated with the FBI's reopened background check of Kavanaugh and has finished his interview.

"I wish he hadn't done it", Flake said. "Well, I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of".

"The president's comments were just plain wrong", Sen.

Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Democrats, McConnell said, "will not be satisfied unless they have brought down Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

"It's hard to believe what Judge Kavanaugh swore under oath", Schumer said. Investigators have already interviewed several people at the core of the allegations, including one of Kavanaugh's own accusers and personal friends from his time in high school and college.

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"I'm not going to do a hypothetical, I really want to go with facts and that's why I pressed for a supplemental FBI investigation", she told reporters.

Trump's comments echoed a message his son, Donald Trump Jr., relayed in an interview that aired this week on DailyMailTV.

"She's always had my back", Trump said.

The White House ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand the original scope of its reopened check to include anyone it deems necessary to vet the misconduct claims, within its allotted week-long timeframe. She was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April this year.

Trump, while discussing Kavanaugh's treatment, began rehashing Ford's testimony.

"How did you get there?"

Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another member of the committee, which voted to pass Kavanaugh's nomination on to the full Senate on Friday in a straight party-line vote, with the caveat from Sen.

President Trump at a rally in Southaven, Miss.

Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doubled down Tuesday on his vow to hold a vote by the end of the week on Kavanaugh, saying he was the victim of open "floodgates of mud and muck". "This is all part of the organised effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week".

Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they both attended Yale University. Judge, identified by Ford as a witness to the alleged assault, has denied any memory of such an incident.

A handful of senators are undecided on Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford shakes hands with Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, after she interrogated her before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

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