Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews Boulder woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Geneva Stokes
October 2, 2018

Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee made public late on Sunday a previously unreleased interview with Kavanaugh from September 26, before a public hearing with Ford, in which he denied all the allegations against him and committee Democrats declined to ask questions, saying they felt the FBI should investigate the allegations. That's what you're telling me when you vote for him.

McConnell of Kentucky said Kavanaugh was "rightfully angry" after Thursday's raucous Judiciary Committee hearing. They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge. Jeff Flake said on Monday, The Hill reported.

Two women who said they were sexual assault survivors confronted Flake in an elevator after he announced his plan to endorse Kavanaugh and tearily urged him to reconsider his position.

When asked what he thought the chances were that after the FBI wraps up its investigation, "we are going to be in exactly the same place", Flake responded: "There is a chance that that will happen", but added he does think progress can be made.

President Donald Trump bowed to pressure from moderate members of his Republican Party on Friday and ordered the probe after Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, detailed her allegations at a Senate hearing that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982, when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's allegation. Jeff Flake, who said he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation before shocking the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday by calling for the process to be slowed so the FBI could investigate.

"For the past year, I've been speaking about the condition of our democracy because my conscience has required me to do it", Flake said.

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CBS News has confirmed that the White House has authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand the initial scope of the review to include interviews of anyone it deems necessary in order to vet those misconduct claims, and the president on Monday said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview "anybody" they want to, "within reason".

"There's a chance, and we knew that", he said.

Maybe I'm just hopeful, but that sounds like a man with a primary challenge in mind. The 55-year-old Republican, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of the year, has already declared his interest in a possible 2020 presidential bid - as a Republican or an independent - in part to stop Trump from winning a second term.

"I guess I want to say, 'Thank you, '" Walsh said.

"I don't see that happening in my case", Flake said.

Mr. Cullen, who has never been a fan of Mr. Trump, said he hopes Mr. Flake keeps it up. "I think that's the height of hypocrisy". "The one thing I want is speed".

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