Democrats suggest past Federal Bureau of Investigation checks on Kavanaugh include evidence of inappropriate behavior

04 October, 2018, 08:36 | Author: Emmett Rice
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She called it "a coordinated smear campaign".

Democrat senator Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday criticised the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not speaking with either Kavanaugh or Ford.

Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week regarding sexual assault allegations.

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators.

Mr Flake said on United States television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally". I wish he hadn't. done it. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who forced the committee's hand over the investigation, spoke with Today on Wednesday morning where he called the remarks "kind of appalling".

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of NY, fired back in remarks after McConnell, saying the weeklong delay to the let the FBI investigate came at the request of Republican senators who weren't prepared to vote for Kavanaugh's nomination.

GOP lawmakers expressed concern that Trump's comments could make it harder to win over wavering colleagues whose votes will likely prove pivotal to Kavanaugh's chances. Roche wrote an opinion piece published by Slate on Wednesday evening, USA time, where he says he was a roommate of Kavanaugh at Yale.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said, adding: "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".

Fischer has said she intends to support Kavanaugh, but added, "We're going to see what the investigation brings, and let's get the vote". The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony. By Monday, he was highlighting gaps in Ford's memory.

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Trump's mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not answer a question Wednesday about whether Trump wants the report made available to the public.

It marked the sharpest criticism by Trump of Ford since she came forward publicly with the allegation last month. On Twitter, he hailed Kavanaugh as "a fine man and great intellect" and insisted, "The country is with him all the way!" "Vote him up or down".

Corker serves on the committee and is expected to vote for Kavanaugh.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. It's unclear whether there will be a public summary of the information, or whether the White House would be allowed to release portions of the report.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already scheduled a vote to confirm Kavanaugh Friday. Ford said she "went out with" Garrett for a few months in high school. Garrett's lawyer, William Sullivan, said Garrett has voluntarily co-operated with the FBI's reopened background check, but he declined to comment further.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh. Smyth and Leland Keyser. Also interviewed were two other people Ford said were present but in a different room: Patrick "P.J".

The FBI has also questioned Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her during a college party.

A third claim - from Julia Swetnick, who is represented by attorney Michael Avenatti - accuses Mr Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

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