Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews another Kavanaugh friend - 10/3/2018 9:07:59 AM

If Collins votes to confirm Kavanaugh she not only undercuts her reputation as a supporter of abortion rights but she also risks a significant challenge from Democrats in 2020

Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews another Kavanaugh friend - 10/3/2018 9:07:59 AM

The FBI opened a supplemental background check on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh last week following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Senate testimony on allegations that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's insults marked a "new low".

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning.

In a statement on Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has interviewed at least four people: Kavanaugh's high school friends Mark Judge and P.J. Smyth; Ford's high school friend Leland Keyser; and the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Deborah Ramirez. Both have stated Ford told them years ago that Kavanaugh assaulted her.

In the meantime, anti-Kavanaugh demonstrations and other activities, such as phone banks, occurred nationwide, with the Communications Workers leading one march in D.C.at noon on October 2 and Planned Parenthood organizing protests, phone banks and other events at dozens of college campuses. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told reporters.

The FBI questioned Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh.

"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited, perhaps by the White House", Sen. "We did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who had agreed to vote Kavanaugh's nomination out of committee with a favorable recommendation on the condition that the FBI further investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh, said the report had "no new credible corroboration, no new corroboration at all".

Washington has been awaiting completion of the investigation since last week, when Flake, Collins and Murkowski pressured a reluctant Trump and GOP leaders to order the FBI to renew its background check of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh. A showdown roll call over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend. Susan Collins, a crucial unknown vote: "It appears to be a very thorough investigation".

Flake told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against Kavanaugh. Murkowski has yet to let her thoughts be made public.

"You can not have an FBI investigation where you don't interview both the accused and the accuser", Katz said.

"There was an initial list of four provided to us by the Senate. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters". Mike Lee, a Utah Republican. The FBI wasn't even permitted to investigate whether or not Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath, which he repeatedly did. "I've had more thorough investigations to find my AirPods!" "Kavanaugh has a long record of ruling against working people - including CWA members - and regularly siding with employers", the union said. Only a single copy was provided, and Judiciary Committee aides in both parties briefed senators about the materials before senators were able to read the document themselves.

The increasingly political Jimmy Fallon also bemoaned the number of people interviewed during the investigation. "In extraordinary situations - like the Thomas-Hill hearings - procedures have been adopted to protect confidentiality while also facilitating access for all senators".

So far, it appears a majority of the people interviewed were those already sympathetic to Kavanaugh.

"A Supreme Court nominee must, whatever their politics, be a shining example of someone who tells the truth", Schumer tweeted.

"It was an important message to lots of people in our country who we heard from, either who are themselves survivors, or whose families who have been touched by sexual assault, who felt angered that there was no investigation of the allegations".

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said agents reached out to 10 but spoke only to nine. Six have been identified by The Associated Press and other news outlets. Senators are not supposed to divulge the contents of the agency's background reports.

While Trump's criminal fate and a woman's right to choose are certainly hot-button political topics, other legal issues could have a more easily deciphered impact on the stock market. Some of the less relevant ones are ones being passed around.

The NAACP has been using Kavanaugh in its get-out-the-vote campaign since the summer, but will now up the intensity, said Derrick Johnson, the group's president. "I've never seen anything like that before". They plan a Senate vote on him later this week.

"I don't have any doubt something happened to them", Sen.

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