Federal Bureau of Investigation can question 'anybody' about Kavanaugh

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White House denies 'micromanaging' FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

03 October, 2018

"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.

Her legal team provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a list of at least 20 people they believe may have relevant information and should be interviewed, the people said.

"It has not been in my plans to run for president, but I have not ruled it out", Flake said at the time.

Schumer said that the results of the FBI investigation "should be released publicly with any personal information redacted", and called on the White House to "publicly release the directive to the FBI so we can clear up once and for all the scope of their background check investigation". Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Judiciary Committee, seized on those comments Monday as she laced into Kavanaugh in a speech on the Senate floor. He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court.

"He has grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol", Schumer said, characterizing Kavanaugh as someone who "tiptoes around the truth".

CNN was told that on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed the White House that Republican Sens.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top US court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. "That is a very, very hard standard". A spokesman for McConnell declined to clarify whether McConnell was referring to procedural votes or a final vote on confirming Kavanaugh. One of them is Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was greeted by hundreds of liberal protesters, victims of sexual assault among them, during an appearance Monday in Boston.

A vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh has been delayed as the FBI investigates the claims, which he denies.

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The confirmation vote for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh may come by the end of this week.

A second Kavanaugh accuser, Debbie Ramirez, met with the FBI for about two hours on Sunday, according to two people familiar with the investigation. "It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", he said at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

But questions about the investigation's reach mounted as additional witnesses came forward with accounts they wanted to present to the FBI about Mr Kavanaugh's behaviour.

Among the allegations McConnell criticized was one brought by a "tabloid lawyer" he did not name whose client has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh friends and for which "there conveniently happened to be zero witnesses".

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. Mr Kavanaugh denies that as well.

Protesters rally against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his confirmation, September 28, 2018, at the Supreme Court in Washington. He lashed out at Democratic senators and frequently interrupted them, while accusing Democrats of orchestrating a political "hit" against him. Archila chastises Flake that his swing vote could place a man accused of assaulting a young woman as a similarly deciding vote on the highest court in the land, likely to rule on cases involving body autonomy and reproductive rights.

The report says 21-year-old Dom Cozzolino told police that Kavanaugh threw ice at him for "some unknown reason".

The report is significant because Kavanaugh has defended himself against claims that he drank excessively in his high school and university years.

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