Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Kavanaugh Investigation Wrapping Up - Senate Vote by Friday?

Woman who confronted Sen. Flake on elevator was once a Westchester resident White House denies 'micromanaging' FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Andrew Cummings | 03 October, 2018, 01:01

The FBI has completed its interview of Mark Judge, a key witness to the alleged incident between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford, but the agency hasn't contacted Ford, their representatives said Tuesday.

Questions about the scope of the FBI investigation emerged over the weekend amid reports that Senate Republicans were working with the White House to contain the number of witnesses and the allegations to be investigated.

Mr Trump's remarks came as he reiterated his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now facing sexual misconduct allegations by several women.

Disputing claims based on anonymous sources circulating through some media outlets, the White House said that the FBI has free reign in conducting its investigation. Last week, a triumvirate of Republican senators - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - vowed to withhold support for the nominee unless the White House allowed a supplemental background check into claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from California university professor Christine Blasey Ford. "The interaction with the members was sharp and partisan, and that concerns me", Flake said.

Trump was commenting amid an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations by multiple women against Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

Last Friday, the deciding vote to send Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate came from Arizona Sen.

"Hopefully, they'll have a vote by the end of the week and it will be a positive vote, but it will be dependent on what comes back from the FBI", Trump said. Judge has denied the allegations, as has Kavanaugh.

McConnell, accusing Democrats of moving the goalposts on the Kavanaugh nomination, said on Monday that the time for "delay and obstruction" has come to a close. All of them", Mr. Schumer told reporters, adding, "We have nothing to do with delay. The next day, the committee voted yes on the nomination along party lines under a "gentlemen's and -women's agreement" that the FBI would investigate.

On Monday, Van Gelder said her client had been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but the interview was "not completed".

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to confirm Kavanaugh Friday morning, and Flake will be one of the senators voting "yes". Agents should get support from the Judiciary Committee for rapid immunity and subpoena decisions, he said.

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Brett Kavanaugh has been teaching a course at Harvard Law for about a decade, the school said. She said, "I'm waiting to see what the results are".

When asked whether he thought a limited investigation would be enough to satisfy hold out Republican votes, McConnell replied, "We've asked them what they need, and this is what they have said".

Kavanaugh has denied claims of sexual misconduct by three different women - Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

"The Supreme Court is still... the last institution that most Americans have faith in", Flake said.

What she has said: "It is important to have a fair process for the sake of both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, as well as the integrity of both the judicial branch and the Senate confirmation process".

He said that the Kavanaugh hearings where more than just a Supreme Court nominee, but rather a huge cultural moment in the United States.

Judge could conceivably corroborate the testimony of Kavanaugh or Ford.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, declined on Monday afternoon to provide more detail on what the FBI's investigation can cover.

The revised guidance is aimed at promoting an investigation that could tamp down Democratic criticism and satisfy on-the-fence Republicans about its thoroughness and fairness while also ensuring a fixed deadline to prevent the probe from becoming open-ended and spanning weeks. "The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here, on this floor, this week", McConnell told the chamber.

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