Trump says he wants ‘comprehensive’ but speedy FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

Tuesday, 02 Oct, 2018

However, Senate Democrats have argued throughout the process that the proceedings do not constitute a trial, but a job interview, and that Ford's allegations are one of several causes for skepticism that Kavanaugh is well suited to the position. Ford's emotional testimony that she was sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh at a party proved adequately credible to the committee to call for a postponement of the Senate vote.

"It wouldn't bother me at all", Trump said of a possible Swetnick interview. But he said the statements Kavanaugh is making now do matter.

Flake said he would have voted against confirmation if Senate leaders rejected the delay.

But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

"He had a little bit of difficulty, he talked about things that happened when he drank", Mr Trump said.

"I just knew that we couldn't move forward, that I couldn't move forward, without hitting the pause button - because what I was seeing, experiencing in an elevator and watching it in committee and just thinking this is ripping our country apart", said Flake, seated beside friend and fellow committee member Coons. However, if the president failed to do so, his nominee for the Supreme Court would most certainly not be confirmed.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Mr Kavanaugh and Mr Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. Deborah Ramirez told the New Yorker magazine last month that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party when they were both students at Yale University.

"A "he said, she said" case is incredibly hard to prove", Mitchell explained. The Arizona Republican said he would vote for Brett Kavanaugh. Ford's testimony mentioned the name of Mark Judge, who she said was in the room when the alleged assault occurred.

"If there's 10 people that they interview that say he drank to the point where he couldn't stand up or he was intoxicated to the point where he passed out, that will go to his credibility for honesty and integrity", Stuber said.

Mr Trump has called Mr Kavanaugh a good man who has been treated unfairly. We shared a two-bedroom unit in the basement of Lawrence Hall on the Old Campus. "Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". Despite our living conditions, Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year. She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner. Her response was to try hard to make friends and get along.

"Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described".

"It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation's most powerful judges".

Then he added: 'But they should also be guided, and I'm being guided by what the senators are looking for'.

Republicans have cast doubts on the claims in part because of her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who is flirting with a run for president.