Rachel Mitchell's Christine Blasey Ford memo boosts Republicans in Brett Kavanaugh battle

Rachel Mitchell's Christine Blasey Ford memo boosts Republicans in Brett Kavanaugh battle

Rachel Mitchell's Christine Blasey Ford memo boosts Republicans in Brett Kavanaugh battle

Ludington says he was deeply troubled by Kavanaugh appearing to blatantly mischaracterize his drinking in Senate testimony.

Ludington describes one instance in particular when Kavanaugh allegedly initiated a violent altercation by throwing a drink, leading to the arrest of a mutual friend. Judge has said in his memoir, "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", that "to raise money for football camp, I spent a few weeks working as a bag boy at the local supermarket".

In response to her testimony, Judge Kavanaugh said he had never assaulted her or anyone else.

"However. if he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences", he said in the statement.

The White House has authorized the F.B.I.to expand its abbreviated investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long the review is finished by the end of the week, two people briefed on the matter said on Monday...

In Thursday's extraordinary hearing, Kavanaugh vehemently denied the sexual abuse allegations, and also aggressively challenged suggestions he had a drinking problem at the time. "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like", Sanders said. Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Responding to those concerns, Trump said at a press conference he wants the FBI to do a "comprehensive" investigation and "it wouldn't bother me at all" if agents pursued accusations made by the three women.

"The White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation", she said. He pointed to "any evidence that corroborates" Kavanaugh's accuser's story of sexual assault.

Ramirez detailed her allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were students at Yale University.

"The White House can order investigators to further examine the allegations if their findings from the four witness interviews open new avenues of inquiry, and Mr. Trump seemed to stress that part of the plan in a tweet late on Saturday".

Republican senators said they are not sure whether they have the votes to confirm Judge Kavanaugh and that the FBI's report will be the determining factor. "I don't think this one will either", he said.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake reiterated two things multiple times in New Hampshire tonight - he is not sure about running for president, nor is he sure about his vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Walsh said in a statement, "We will stand up for and alongside these survivors because they are powerful, they give voice to others and they should not be dismissed". Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations.

"That's not the kind of investigation that all of us are expecting the FBI to conduct", she said.

"The FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer", the president said.

The lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale, has agreed to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The memo, written by the sex-crimes prosecutor Republicans hired to question Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh at last week's dramatic hearing, points to numerous inconsistencies and lack of corroboration for Ms. Blasey Ford's account of the sexual assault she says she suffered when they were in high school 36 years ago.

It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not inspire confidence Monday when he carped about "endless delay and obstruction" and vowed a vote this week, apparently without regard to the status of the FBI investigation.

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