Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

White House not 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

White House not 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

Chris Coons said they launched a bipartisan effort to delay a confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh for a week so the FBI could investigate sexual misconduct claims against him because they were taken aback by the Supreme Court nominee's emotional and angry defense.

The FBI investigation into Ford's and Ramirez's claims came after a dramatic showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, in which Flake urged his Republican colleagues to allow a one-week FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House to ask the FBI to conduct the supplemental investigation, which will be "limited to current credible allegations" and must be done by October 5. Democrats have been calling for such an probe, though Republicans and the White House have insisted it's unnecessary. We're not micromanaging this process.

Senate Republicans, who hold a narrow 51-49 majority, were forced by dissent within their ranks to slow down the confirmation process.

The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators. "The FBI is not tasked to do that". Just what the FBI will investigate remains a mystery.

Coons said Kavanaugh's reaction to questions posed by Democratic Sens. "I didn't tell anyone and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you're going to ignore them".

The White House can order investigators to pursue other lines of inquiry and interviews if their interviews with people on the current list of witnesses lead them in that direction, and that may have been what Trump's tweet was referring to.

"And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine". While the scope of the investigation remains unclear, Trump says the FBI "has free rein" and that he wants agents to interview whomever they deem appropriate.

But Coons said Kavanaugh, testifying last Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered more partisan lines, including that the accusations were revenge by the Clintons and a smear campaign carried out by Democrats upset with Trump's 2016 election win.

Emma Scott, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman from Charleston, South Carolina, said that, while she doesn't doubt Ford endured a trauma of some kind, she wasn't convinced it could be tied to Kavanaugh.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. He denies all the claims. Ford told senators that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when she was a sophomore in high school.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation.

Julie Swetnick, the third woman to come forward publicly with public allegations about Kavanaugh, had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the allegations as of Saturday night, her lawyer Michael Avenatti told ABC News.

Kavanaugh's high school friend, Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said Friday that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

He has also denied misconduct allegations.

An attorney for Ms Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she does not know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.

As the FBI begins a seven-day investigation into accusations of sexual assault that Trump says never happened, some are describing it a scam.

King spoke Friday after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

As the Senate is divided on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, so too are women across the country.

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