The about face came after Thursday's raucous Senate hearing where Kavanaugh forcefully and tearfully denied claims by California professor Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.
Trump told advisers in meetings Thursday and Friday that prolonging the vote doesn't help Kavanaugh but that if an Federal Bureau of Investigation check came up clean, he could use that as a cudgel to get more votes. The consent for a fresh probe was a concession by the Trump administration and Republicans who had strongly contended that Kavanaugh had been thoroughly vetted numerous times. "And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine".
President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before leaving for Wheeling, W.Va., Sept. 29, 2018.
Now it's time for the committee to ensure that every reasonable step is taken and impose a firm and fair process.
The White House counsel's office has reportedly provided FBI investigators with a list of witnesses they are permitted to interview as part of the week-long probe, sources within the administration told NBC on the condition of anonymity.
The president revisited the question of "scope" later Saturday on Twitter, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "Please correct your reporting!" he wrote.
Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing his genitals to her at a house party in the 80s while they were both students at Yale University. Those four witnesses do not include former classmates who have offered claims about Kavanaugh's partying and drinking habits that conflict with the nominee's own statements.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. "Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted an acquaintance on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985, but Grassley said the person later "'recanted' and apologized for the allegation via social media.
On Friday, Republicans on the committee voted to proceed to a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, but a series of back-room negotiations led to a surprise twist in what has already been a wrenching confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee, among the most polarizing in recent memory. "I don't know what they're referring to", he told committee investigators.
A lawyer for Smyth also said Friday that he is "happy to cooperate fully with this FBI investigation", and Keyser's attorney said in a letter to the committee that his client would also cooperate with the investigation. I think it's been a very tough process.
"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", he said.
Judge has written in his memoir, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, that he and his friends were determined to drink 100 kegs of beer their senior year at Georgetown prep. Kavanaugh's bio in the senior yearbook notes that he was a member of the "Keg City Club (treasurer) - 100 Kegs or Bust".
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