Some Democrats Questioning Kavanaugh Are ‘Not Angels,’ Media Is ‘Loco’

Some Democrats Questioning Kavanaugh Are ‘Not Angels,’ Media Is ‘Loco’

Some Democrats Questioning Kavanaugh Are ‘Not Angels,’ Media Is ‘Loco’

The FBI has finished interviewing a friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who was said to have attended a high school gathering in the early 1980s where a woman says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, the man's lawyer said Tuesday.

Kavanaugh strongly denies the accusation, but President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him.

On Friday, Mr Trump ordered the FBI to carry out an investigation lasting up to a week into the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, acting on a request from Senate Republican leaders who were pressed by moderate senators in Mr Trump's own party.

He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has the latest on Kavanaugh's confirmation battle. A Collins spokeswoman said the senator "was consulted about the White House authorizing the expanded Federal Bureau of Investigation approach to the Kavanaugh background check and it is her understanding that the work will still be completed in the original one-week timeline".

"I believe women deserve respect", said Betsy Forester, speaking directly to Manchin on the conference call.

Some Democrats want the feds to expand their probe to include statements Kavanaugh made under oath during a hearing last week in which California college professor Christine Blasey Ford detailed her allegations against him.

It comes as the FBI presses ahead with its investigation, questioning in recent days at least four people about accusations of misconduct against Kavanaugh dating to when he was in high school and college.

Privately, though, advisers say Trump was not happy that Kavanaugh talked so extensively about his drinking at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the allegations against him.

"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Mr Flake said.

Schumer said that to assert that Ford went public with her allegation for political reasons is "so unfair, is so wrong".

That's rich, given that McConnell never wanted a FBI investigation in the first place, because his mind is already made up. Two people familiar with the interviews so far say agents have asked routine questions, including about alcohol use.

Walsh has said his client doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party with him.

"This entire process has been an embarrassment to our democracy as Hoosiers watched firsthand how Senator Donnelly's liberal colleagues used uncorroborated allegations to create a media circus designed to smear and destroy Judge Kavanaugh's reputation", Braun said.

"The Supreme Court is still... the last institution that most Americans have faith in", Flake said.

The revised guidance is aimed at promoting an investigation that could tamp down Democratic criticism and satisfy on-the-fence Republicans about its thoroughness and fairness while also ensuring a fixed deadline to prevent the probe from becoming open-ended and spanning weeks. Mr Kavanaugh denies that as well. Chad Ludington, another Yale classmate, told The New York Times the altercation happened while they were drinking at a bar after a concert. "Yes or no?" Few Republicans will answer this because they can not simultaneously claim it's all a set up and say they believe a heartfelt, honest witness.

But Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Tuesday that he supported Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Senate Republicans have delayed votes on his confirmation while the FBI investigates the claims. At his first Supreme Court confirmation hearing, September 4, he portrayed himself as a neutral arbiter of the law who is above politics, telling the Judiciary Committee that the Supreme Court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

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