Key US senator concerned about Kavanaugh's 'partisan' tone

Wednesday, 03 Oct, 2018

The FBI has finished interviewing Mark Judge, a friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was said to have attended a high school party in the early 1980s where a woman says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, Judge's lawyer said Tuesday.

WASHINGTONDemocrats succeeded in delaying a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation last week after Republicans reluctantly agreed to a limited investigation of allegations of sexual assault leveled against the appellate court judge, a move that put his bid to the high court in serious jeopardy.

Kavanaugh strongly denies the accusation, but President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him. Disputing claims based on anonymous sources circulating through some media outlets, the White House said that the FBI has free reign in conducting its investigation.

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

"He said very intently, 'This is tearing our country apart.' We have to do something", said Coons, a Delaware Democrat. Last week, a triumvirate of Republican senators - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - vowed to withhold support for the nominee unless the White House allowed a supplemental background check into claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from California university professor Christine Blasey Ford. Judge and Kavanaugh have both denied the allegations, while the latter has also denied allegations leveled against him by two other women.

While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Charles "Chad" Ludington said he was concerned about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

News outlets report the women staged a sit-in at Democratic Sen. He stressed that the Supreme Court must be separated from that bitter divide.

A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed.

"The bureau has contacted Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's who alleges that he shoved his genitals in her face at a party where she had been drinking and become disoriented, her attorney said Saturday".

"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Flake said. "When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive", Mr Ludington said. The email says, "Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered".

And even as the FBI explored the past allegations that have surfaced against Kavanaugh, another Yale University classmate came forward to accuse the federal appellate judge of being untruthful in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in college.

Judge could conceivably corroborate the testimony of Kavanaugh or Ford.

The White House, at the urging of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Sen.

Chuck Schumer, the senate Democrats' leader, accused Mr Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during a judiciary committee hearing last week.

A witness told police the man who threw the glass was Chris Dudley, Kavanaugh's close friend.

Last week, a former freshman-year roommate of Kavanaugh's at Yale challenged the nominee's drinking claims. "I think it's a very conservative party right now".

In particular, Democrats have homed in on his contention that the allegations against him are an "orchestrated political hit" funded by left-wing groups seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

"Jeff Flake may have gone into that phone booth as Clark Kent", Colbert said, "but he came out as Clark Kent who is retiring from the Senate so it's OK if he stands up to Donald Trump".