Washington braced for battle as Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts Kavanaugh witnesses

02 October, 2018, 08:36 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies. REUTERS  Jim Bourg

The Times also reported Sunday that a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh has accused him of a "blatant mischaracterization" of his drinking, which the judge downplayed in the Senate hearing. The man said he and another friend went to beat Judge Kavanaugh up - then said he recognized him recently when television showed Judge Kavanaugh after he was nominated to the high court.

Kavanaugh admitted being a heavy drinker as a student and said he still likes beer.

"I was, principally, concerned about helping my friend listen to his doubts and his conscience", Coons said of Flake.

In a statement on Monday, Mark Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, said: "Mr. Judge has been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but his interview has not been completed". He also says he stands by Kavanaugh, who's denied the allegations. "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like".

Following questions about the scope and extent of the FBI investigation, a White House official also told CNN that the White House has made it clear to the FBI that agents are not limited in their expanded background search.

"Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the FBI", she wrote to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Flake may want the most serious allegations against the nominee thoroughly investigated - but probably not the less serious ones. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.

His remarks came amid questions about whether Republicans want to limit the scope of the FBI's investigation into allegations of sexual assault that have been level against Kavanaugh.

In a separate report, NBC quoted a senior USA official and a second source as saying the limits imposed by the White House on the inquiry remained in place, despite Trump's tweet.

"I think we're all pretty confident, given that we've been through this process a number of times, but we would assess that at that point", Sanders said.

Some Democratic lawmakers claim the White House is keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses and have questioned how thorough an investigation that must be concluded by Friday can and will be.

Late Monday, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week.

Lynne Brookes said last week that during his testimony Kavanaugh "grossly misrepresented and mischaracterized his drinking" in college. "Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is out of committee".

Trump on Friday had ordered the new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, as the Senate delayed a final vote on his confirmation as the key ninth member of the Supreme Court.

The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed. Former NBA player Chris Dudley said he regularly drank with Kavanaugh while the two were classmates at Yale University - and "never, ever saw him blacked out" drunk. Last week, Capitol Hill and the nation were riveted by testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were both in high school.

Two other women have made similar sex abuse allegations against Kavanaugh.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.


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