Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump decries ‘trauma’ done to Kavanaugh, calls for ‘comprehensive’ investigation

Trump decries ‘trauma’ done to Kavanaugh, calls for ‘comprehensive’ investigation

President Trump sowed further confusion Monday about the scope of the FBI's investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Brett M. Kavanaugh, offering little clarity at a news conference about who will be interviewed in coming days.

'With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly'. At one point, he acknowledged that "it is up to me" to instruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the boundaries of the probe, but added that "I'm instructing them as per what I feel the Senate wants".

The investigators will compile information about Mr Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Mr Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators. The panel voted Friday, along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate, and Flake then offered his proposal for the FBI investigation. "The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations", Trump said.

"It can't be used in a criminal case, it's an investigative tool", Flagg said. He praised Mr Kavanaugh's angry and defiant testimony last Thursday, which followed Dr Ford's appearance before the Senate Judiciary committee.

On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders denied the allegations that the administration has been interfering with the probe. Although she asked Ford all of the questions posed by Republican senators, she asked Kavanaugh only two rounds of questions until GOP senators began speaking again.

Additionally, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's yesterday released a statement saying he was "deeply troubled" by the nominee's efforts to downplay his drinking in his youth. Ford testified in court regarding the time Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her.

He added: "Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did".

"When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive", said.

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In a dramatic appearance Thursday before the Judiciary Committee, Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying to remove her clothing after he pinned her to a bed at a house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway yesterday conceded that the review was meant to be "limited in scope". "The FBI is not tasked to do that".

The FBI is spending a week looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh after President Trump ordered an investigation.

Democrats led by the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member, Sen. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. There's no medical way I can say that he was blacked out. "It's about how does it affect you", said Graham.

He did not give a specific day but it will likely be on Friday, the day the FBI investigation is scheduled to be finished. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

Whatever is the case, the separation of powers dictates that the president, not Congress, must order the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh. The Maine Republican supports the new FBI investigation and is among a few Republican and Democratic senators who have not announced a position on Kavanaugh.

The Senate will vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote if the Senate is evenly split.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke".

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