'Wouldn't Bother Me' If FBI Talked With All Kavanaugh Accusers

02 October, 2018, 12:35 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • 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

The White House on Monday eased some of the limits it had placed on the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, authorizing the FBI to interview whoever agents thought was necessary, a senior US official and another well-placed source told NBC News.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ms Ford.

But Ms Ford, who says Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since Mr Trump on Friday ordered the agency to take another look at the nominee's background, according to a member of Ms Ford's team.

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Monday said the FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a "farce and is being run by" President Donald Trump. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said in a statement issued by the White House.

While Trump appears to be open to what he calls a "very comprehensive investigation" by the FBI, he said at a White House news conference Monday "the FBI should interview anybody they want within reason, but you have to say within reason".

The committee is also sending to all Senate Republicans a detailed timeline of key events regarding Ford's accusation, including when she first approached her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., with her allegations and the committee's investigative work.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, called on the White House and the FBI to provide the written directive regarding the investigation's scope.

Earlier on Friday, Flake announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but he looked shaken after being cornered in an elevator by two sexual assault survivors as he headed to the committee meeting.

The nomination has become a politically explosive issue just weeks before November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.

Flake single-handedly delayed Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings last week by insisting on an FBI investigation. She said Judge and Kavanaugh were both drunk at the time.

He also questioned why investigators needed to examine the 53-year-old Kavanaugh's high school record.

"This weekend felt like a recovery weekend", Stephen Colbert told Late Night viewers Monday, though we're "still being emotionally keelhauled" by the senate's confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He and Kavanaugh were classmates at Georgetown Preparatory School, an elite private school outside Washington.

At times in the memo, Mitchell seems to echo Kavanaugh's defense against Ford's charge, such as when she wrote that the "alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended-including her lifelong friend".

The FBI is now investigating Ford's accusations, as well as those of a second woman, Deborah Ramirez.

Texts between friends of Kavanaugh suggest that he and his team tried to refute Ramirez's claim before it became public, NBC News reported, citing the messages.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee made public late on Sunday a previously unreleased interview with Kavanaugh from September 26, before a public hearing with Ford, in which he denied all the allegations against him and committee Democrats declined to ask questions, saying they felt the FBI should investigate the allegations.

His desire to talk about compromise and bridging divides certainly had more resonance after Flake acted Friday to slow down (even for a week) the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has the vote on pace for this Tuesday.

When asked whether he thought a limited investigation would be enough to satisfy hold out Republican votes, McConnell replied, "We've asked them what they need, and this is what they have said".

In a statement released Sunday, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale".


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