Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Key GOP senators make clear they want 'real' investigation on Kavanaugh

Key GOP senators make clear they want 'real' investigation on Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied all allegations against him, describing them as attacks by Democrats to derail his nomination.

"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you", Ford's attorneys, Michael Bromwich and Debra Katz, wrote in a letter obtained by TIME.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, called for the FBI to investigate Mr. Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, including the judge's assertions that he never suffered memory loss after drinking and that a reference to "skis" on his 1982 high school calendar referred to beer. But now, you're guilty until proven innocent.

Kavanaugh and Judge have also denied Swetnick's allegations.

"I'm not a drinker and I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life - it's one of my only good traits", Trump joked at a long, rambling press conference. She had said Monday night that the interview was not completed.

McConnell has said the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week.

Trump later said he had seen one Democratic senator who was "very aggressive" in some "very bad situations", although he wouldn't say whom and didn't get more specific.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, declined on Monday afternoon to provide more detail on what the FBI's investigation can cover. Republicans hold a 51-49 seat advantage in the chamber.

The North Carolina State University professor, who said he had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his information, indicated on Sunday in a statement that Mr Kavanaugh was "belligerent and aggressive" when he drank.

Mr. Kavanaugh cursed, he said, and then "threw his beer at the guy."

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The nomination has become a politically explosive issue just weeks before November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation this week. Some of Trump's fellow Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.

There is, moreover, a way to make reasonably sure that Kavanaugh's problems aren't replicated in a successor: Trump could name a woman, like Amy Coney Barrett, who is extremely unlikely to get hit with sexual-assault allegations.

Ford alleges Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a party when they were teenagers, at times covering her mouth with his hand to prevent her from screaming.

Ludington, an associate professor at North Carolina State University, said he is scheduled to meet with the FBI on Tuesday to recount the incident as part of their investigation into Kavanaugh's background. Democrats are pressing the investigators to expand their list of witness interviews but have agreed with the timeline.

"It's a tough thing going on", Trump said. But when none of these tactics worked - when Judge Kavanaugh demonstrated his widely-acknowledged brilliance, open-mindedness, and collegiality at his confirmation hearings - some chose a darker road.

President Trump waving to reporters before entering Air Force One, with First Lady Melanie Trump by his side. She claims a friend of Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, was in the room and aided in the alleged assault. "The sooner the better for me", he said.

Reports had initially emerged that the White House was limiting the scope of its investigation, but Trump said on Monday that the FBI should be allowed to interview anyone it deems necessary.

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