White House reportedly allows Federal Bureau of Investigation to expand Kavanaugh probe

Geneva Stokes
October 2, 2018

In the past 24 hours, in response to pressure from Democratic and moderate Republican senators, the White House has eased limitations on the FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh that Trump set into motion Friday.

He did not attack Christine Blasey Ford, who offered a stark description of her alleged assault last week before Congress. She certainly believes she experienced something.

She identified Ford's case as an example of "he said/she said" and said her case is "even weaker than that". Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations. Graham also mentioned Deborah Ramirez.

Amid controversy, the FBI is moving quickly with an expedited investigation into sex assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - an inquiry former director James Comey said the bureau is well-suited to handle. Judge "categorically" denies the allegations.

Drinking: Another old classmate said Brett Kavanaugh drank heavily. Flake told her. "I wasn't referring to him". When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. The Judiciary Committee had a closed hearing to review the previous background checks into Kavanaugh after the initial public hearings for him last month.

USA media reports earlier suggested the White House wanted to restrict the inquiry into Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"The White House isn't intervening, we are not micromanaging this process", she said.

"It's a Senate process". The agency is conducting a one-week investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the federal judge that date back to high school. "The FBI is not tasked to do that".

Sexual assault and abuse survivor groups in Wisconsin and across the country have condemned the decision of the U.S. Senate judiciary committee to advance the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. I would be a hypocrite to think so. "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

The FBI investigation was launched at the urging of Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. The GOP's razor-thin majority in the Senate, 51-49, lent power to his demand.

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Mitchell, who worked as a sex-crimes prosecutor for almost 25 years in Arizona, pointed out what she identified as timing inconsistencies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had gathered Judiciary Committee Republicans in his office earlier. McConnell says accusations against Kavanaugh of sexual abuse in the 1980s have been uncorroborated and are unbelievable.

But he says anew that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week. The White House had, in fact, placed these limits on the investigation - which was not lost on security reporter Ken Dilanian, who discussed the issue with MSNBC's Joy Reid. Donnelly called the allegations "disturbing and credible". The lectureships at the school are prestigious not something that people are entitled to, she said.

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. Democrats had been calling for a limited investigation since the allegation emerged.

"They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do".

'I was surprised about how vocal he was about the fat that he likes beer, ' said Trump, who doesn't drink.

Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine".

"We're going to do a wholesale and full-scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process", Graham, of SC, said on ABC's "This Week". "They are not angels", Trump said hinting that there were a lot of skeletons against the Democratic senators who are opposing Kavanaugh.

At least three women have accused Kavanaugh of years-ago misconduct.

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