White House gives Federal Bureau of Investigation freer rein in Kavanaugh probe

FBI contacts Deborah Ramirez of Boulder about her allegations against Kavanaugh

FBI contacts Deborah Ramirez of Boulder about her allegations against Kavanaugh

"Long before I got to office, you've been doing it", he said.

The highly-anticipated full Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will happen by October 6, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) said. The investigation was initiated at the direction of the White House after a request by Republican Sen. Officials said it was possible, but not likely, the bureau could complete its work before Friday.

But the senators whose votes hold the key to confirmation wanted the White House to know they expect those interviews to be a start, not necessarily the full extent of the investigation.

Flake single-handedly delayed Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings last week by insisting on an FBI investigation. Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her while they were at a party during their high school years, and has said Judge was also in the room. She declined to elaborate.

Mr Trump was speaking to reporters at the White House amid bipartisan recriminations over the nomination.

But she's made some strong comments about Ford and her testimony, making that less clear.

The FBI has so far interviewed at least four people, three of whom were allegedly at the party where Blasey said she was assaulted. She even signed a sworn declaration saying that the attorney and his friend Judge were "abusive" and "physically aggressive" towards women during a few house parties in the 1980s.

Brett Kavanaugh has been teaching a course at Harvard Law for about a decade, the school said. He has said Keyser believes Ford's account but is "unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question".

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford.

"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..."

They said they want the findings released publicly, and want an in-person briefing for senators with the agent who is leading the new background check.

Privately, though, advisers say Trump was not happy that Kavanaugh talked so extensively about his drinking at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the allegations against him.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon suggested it would "not be acceptable" if his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were found to have lied to Congress.

According to the Republican senator, the country will be in trouble "if that faith is gone". Trump subsequently ordered the investigation.

In a statement on Sunday, a Yale classmate of Mr Kavanaugh said he was "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterisation by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale".

Chad Ludington, who attended Yale with Kavanaugh and now teaches history at North Carolina State University, described the young Kavanaugh as a "frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker" who often became belligerent while drunk.

Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford gave public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke". Trump is unlikely to make direct appeals to the lawmakers on the fence, as he does not have particularly close relationships with those senators. Julie Swetnick made that assertion in a sworn statement and is represented by Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her claim that Trump paid her for silence about an alleged 2006 affair. Although Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he learned of Ramirez's accusation when it was reported in the New Yorker, NBC News reported that his Yale classmates had been contacted by his lawyers and possibly Kavanaugh himself in an attempt to discredit Ramirez before her story came out.

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