Graham to Trump: Re-nominate Kavanaugh if vote fails

The Supreme Court building is seen on Capitol Hill

The Supreme Court building is seen on Capitol Hill

The agency has been interviewing witnesses.

Trump's comments come as the FBI conducts a limited investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, all of which he has vigorously denied, that are said to have taken place when he was in high school and college.

A 1985 altercation in a CT bar that allegedly involved Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh led to the arrest of one of his close friends at Yale, a copy of an unredacted police report on the incident provided to CNN Tuesday shows. He suggested it was troubling that people were found "automatically guilty" and had to prove their innocence.

"A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not", she said.

The Senate hearings for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have triggered a global discussion about the nature of trauma and whether memories of something that happened decades ago can be trusted.

Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, tried to link the allegations against Kavanaugh to what he said was a broader problem.

Signatures are being collected for two letters arguing that Kavanaugh disqualified himself with his angry and tearful remarks to the Senate judiciary committee.

The poll has less rosy news for Republicans as a Quinnipiac poll released at the same time: voters still believe they'll turn out for Democrats in November, even though Democrats have treated the Supreme Court nomination process like a kangaroo court. On Monday, his lawyer Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder said he had been interviewed "but his interview has not been completed".

But the president also said Senate Republicans are determining the parameters of the investigation and "ultimately, they're making the judgment". "The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here, on this floor, this week", McConnell told the chamber.

Flake, who is retiring as a senator in January, is seen as potentially key figure in any vote in the full Senate on whether to confirm Kavanaugh.

Mr Flake and senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

Both Murkowski and Collins on Tuesday said they are satisfied with the scope and pace of the FBI's background investigation. She also told the Senate committee that Judge appeared nervous when she encountered him a few weeks later at the grocery story where he worked.

"Get this: Judge Kavanaugh may have been accused of throwing some ice across a college bar in the mid-1980s", the majority leader said, feigning shock.

"We can't have this on the court".

"I just hope that we find fact", Flake said. "It will be made available to each senator, and only senators will be allowed to look at it. But now you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump said. I don't know! But I had one beer.

"Is he telling the truth?"

A vocal minority of the crowd Tuesday backed the other conservative in the race, McDaniel, a state senator, and booed Hyde-Smith when Trump introduced her.

Schumer said that to assert that Ford went public with her allegation for political reasons is "so unfair, is so wrong". Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have called for Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews of about two dozen people who might have information relevant to three Kavanaugh accusers. "And that argument evaporated", McConnell said.

Ford gave hours of testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, in which she outlined in extensive detail her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party in the 1980s, and talked about the emotional and psychological trauma she says followed her for years after the alleged attack. "The politics of personal destruction were willfully unleashed".

Nevertheless, President Trump authorized the supplemental investigation as requested.

The incident unfolded in September 1985 in New Haven, Connecticut, when Kavanaugh was a junior at Yale University. "Obviously, there must have been an assault because the police were called and a report was filed", a spokesperson for UB40's Robin Campbell (Ali's brother) tells Billboard, "but this is a case of mistaken identity and has nothing to do with UB40". Dudley and Cozzolino didn't immediately return messages on Tuesday. Kavanaugh has denied her allegation, along with allegations of sexual misconduct from two other women. She alleges that Kavanaugh as well as Judge were present at one party in "approximately 1982" when she was raped by more than one male, though she does not name her attackers. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Former classmates have stepped forward to challenge Kavanaugh's testimony about his drinking.

One of the letters, from a national group of female legal educators, accuses Kavanaugh of showing a disrespect for women, after he lashed out at Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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