White House tells FBI it can talk to anyone about Kavanaugh


The move seemed to be the result of pressure from several moderate Republicans, including Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, who initially pushed for a delay to the Kavanaugh confirmation process on Friday after listening to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is under investigation by the FBI for allegations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college.

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesAttorney Michael Avenatti on Monday said the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations is a "farce".

Trump said he wants FBI to do a very comprehensive investigation, whatever that means according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority.

"I think it's important that the results in some from be shared with the public", Cornyn said, adding that the "usual process" had been turned "on its head".

During a speech on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, McConnell said firmly: "One thing we know for sure: The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here on this floor, this week".

After Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a marathon, emotionally charged hearing to weigh testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh last Thursday on her accusation that he attacked her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied her allegation, as well as sexual misconduct accusations by two other women.

News outlets report the women staged a sit-in at Democratic Sen.

As Kavanaugh and the Trump administration hopes confirmation will come this week, the Supreme Court began its new term Monday.

A third woman, Deborah Ramirez, charged in a New Yorker magazine report that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party at Yale University, and shoved his penis in her face, forcing her to touch it while pushing him away.

"It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example". "They obviously are afraid of what my client might say, which is why they are avoiding her".

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Ford alleged Judge was in the bedroom at a Maryland house in 1982 when she was pushed to a bed and Kavanaugh got on top of her. Left off the list were former classmates who have contradicted Judge Kavanaugh's congressional testimony about his drinking and partying as a student.

"This entire process has been an embarrassment to our democracy as Hoosiers watched firsthand how Senator Donnelly's liberal colleagues used uncorroborated allegations to create a media circus designed to smear and destroy Judge Kavanaugh's reputation", Braun said.

"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.

No Republicans have indicated since last week's emotional session featuring Kavanaugh and Ford that they would vote against his nomination, although Arizona's Jeff Flake gave a conditional Yes, calling for a FBI investigation that Republicans had resisted.

Her account will provoke fresh questions about whether Mr Kavanaugh told the truth during his confirmation hearings.

"And so let me make it very clear: the time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen.

'The F.B.I. should interview anybody that they want within reason, but you have to say within reason, ' Trump said Monday in the White House Rose Garden.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of the three Republican senators who will likely decide Kavanaugh's fate, said Monday she is "confident that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews" when asked if the senator is satisfied with the scope of the inquiry.

Mitchell, who was hired by the Senate Judiciary Committee to assist Republicans, addressed the letter to "All Republican Senators", and said no senator approved the memo. He also accused Democrats of orchestrating a political "hit" against him.