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Federal Bureau of Investigation talks with school friend of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

03 Octobre 2018

"Thursday's hearing provided fresh examples of Judge Kavanaugh's hard relationship with the truth", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said in Tuesday floor remarks.

Judge Kavanaugh says it never happened.

The allegations are far from the first to accuse the judge of being a hard partier prone to aggressive behavior when drunk.

"I think the judge has been pretty wonderful about describing his situation with alcohol and with beer", Trump said.

For Republicans, the shift in tactics has been maddening.

Flake, who pushed for a delay for the FBI to investigate the assault allegations, said he was keeping an open mind on the nomination. Lindsey Graham declared Tuesday.

The police report indicates that Kavanaugh and four other people were questioned by cops and the SCOTUS nominee is on record as "not wanting to say if he threw the ice or not".

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana expressed confidence that Kavanaugh will be cleared by the investigation.

In his own testimony, Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

"The harsh fact of the matter is that we have mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is just not credible", Schumer said Monday. "We're not stupid. Spare us the pearl-clutching". 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.

"Give me a break", Sen.

"Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that", Trump said at a White House news conference.

The survey out Monday showed that 42 percent said he should be confirmed.

"I think that Judge Kavanaugh is doing pretty well, it seems to me, over the last 24 hours", Trump said.

A White House official told Reuters over the weekend that as well as Judge, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was due to question Deborah Ramirez, who has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when both were Yale University students in the 1980s. But he also said Senate Republicans are determining the parameters of the investigation and "ultimately, they're making the judgment". If his nomination fails, he may still be a judge - but he will be always be the accused-rapist judge. "Talk about a bombshell", he said on the Senate floor. "If we took 10 years, they'd want more time", he groused.

He did not attack Christine Blasey Ford, who offered a stark description of her alleged assault last week before Congress.

The judge obviously knew of the allegation beforehand because his denial was quoted in the September 23 story.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who also sits on the committee, is also a proponent of some sort of public statement on the findings, which he told reporters right before McConnell made his comments.

He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.

The lying-and-fuming allegations may have a specific target in mind: Sen.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh. "We simply can't", Flake told an event in Washington hosted by The Atlantic magazine.

In an extraordinary Senate hearing on Thursday, Kavanaugh said the confirmation process had become a "national disgrace", adding that the accusations had "destroyed my family and my good name".

Federal Bureau of Investigation talks with school friend of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh