Kavanaugh, who is a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has vehemently denied the allegation. She's accused Kavanaugh and Judge of "abusive" behavior toward women and of being present at a party where she was raped.
The FBI is also investigating the allegation of Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers in the Washington, DC, suburbs. "She looks like a very fine woman for me". They include Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Flake, a frequent critic of Trump who is not seeking re-election. The Democrat said Kavanaugh's exchanges with Sens. It was true, she said, that there were gaps in her memory of that night in the early 1980s - she could not recall which boy pushed her into the room, or how she got home.
"The Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith".
It was important for every US senator to be among them. There's no currency, no market for reaching across the aisle. The FBI typically does not make judgments on credibility or significance of findings, but rather just gathers information and leaves assessments up to recipients.
'I am digging my heels in, and I'm hoping that a lot of conservatives are determined to vote Republican, ' Round said.
A man walks past televisions broadcasting Christine Blasey Ford testifying during the Senate hearing over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Thursday.
As a result, the Supreme Court will begin a new term on Monday with the court ideologically deadlocked with four conservatives and four liberals.
The nationally televised testimony by Blasey and Kavanaugh may have deepened the divides in an already polarized electorate. He decried the confirmation process as a "circus".
President Trump says the FBI will have "free rein" in their investigations.
In an interview published Saturday in The Atlantic, Flake said his refusal to issue a vote on Kavanaugh without a week-long "pause" for an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh was a last-ditch effort to overcome partisan battles that have plagued the confirmation process. In a new letter to the Senate panel, he said he would co-operate with any law enforcement agency assigned to investigate "confidentially".
"We have yet to hear from the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Swetnick is represented by the attorney Michael Avenatti, who tweeted on Saturday that the White House's restrictions would "undermine the legitimacy" of the entire investigation. "We continue to request this opportunity as we have been doing for days". Judge has also denied misconduct allegations.
Flake had released a statement that morning announcing that he would vote in favor of moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of committee and onto the Senate floor.
Democrats have pleaded with Grassley to subpoena Judge to appear before the committee to answer their questions, but the chairman has refused.
Trump said in a statement that the investigation must be limited in nature and "completed in less than one week". But she expressed confidence that no new information will be uncovered, noting that the allegations did not surface during the judge's six prior background checks for positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. Kavanaugh himself said Thursday that he wouldn't voluntarily withdraw.
Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation.
She said a drunken Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, pushed her into a bedroom, that Kavanaugh pinned her down and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes.
Kavanaugh told senators he attended no such party. She also said that Keyser "has significant health challenges".
"She let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology", Ford added.
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