Federal Bureau of Investigation begins interviews; Yale classmate recalls Brett Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

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Federal Bureau of Investigation begins interviews; Yale classmate recalls Brett Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

"I consider you a part of the Democrat party".

Rachel Mitchell was appointed by Senate Republicans to question Ford during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to avoid the optics of 11 men questioning a woman about an alleged sexual assault.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the court on Thursday over the assault allegations. The panel voted Friday, along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate, and Flake then offered his proposal for the FBI investigation.

Last week, Donald Trump held a press conference at the United Nations, and a reporter asked about the message American women have received from the president's defense of Kavanaugh, and his willingness to dismiss the controversy as a "con job".

Trump says he wants the weeklong investigation to "be comprehensive", but also wants it to go quickly "because it's unfair" to the nominee "at this point".

Democrats have been alarmed at reports in U.S. media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation.

As the fresh review unfolded, the prosecutor who was brought in by Republicans to handle questioning at last week's hearing outlined in a new memo why she did not believe criminal charges would be brought against Kavanaugh if it were a criminal case rather than a Supreme Court confirmation process.

"A "he said, she said" case is incredibly hard to prove, but this case is even weaker than that", Rachel Mitchell wrote in a five-page memo sent to all Senate Republicans Sunday night and obtained by The Washington Post.

In remarks he made Saturday before heading to a MAGA rally in West Virginia, Trump said the investigation was expected to be concluded within a week's time. and conclude in less than a week.

Trump agreed to an investigation after he had vigorously resisted asking the FBI - an agency he has repeatedly criticized - to look into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations. "This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups", he said.

"Dr. Ford, Julie Swetnick, and the other accusers of Brett Kavanaugh have sacrificed their privacy, safety and normal lives in order to speak their truth", Patty Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, said Friday. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations, but the Senate directed the FBI to investigate them for up to a week.

At the same time, Coons said he lobbied Flake to ask for a one-week pause so the FBI could investigate further. He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

Additionally, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's yesterday released a statement saying he was "deeply troubled" by the nominee's efforts to downplay his drinking in his youth.

Trump said he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe "to be comprehensive".

The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Judge has also denied misconduct allegations.

"We're staying out of the way", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told "Fox News Sunday".

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