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Kavanaugh investigation: FBI 'hasn't spoken to Christine Blasey Ford'

04 Octobre 2018

President Donald Trump has blasted Christine Blasey Ford for the holes in her accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and defended his pick for the high court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that the confirmation vote for Judge Kavanaugh before the full Senate will take place this week, regardless if the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finished its latest probe on the allegations against Kavanaugh brought by California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

"They'll read it as quickly as they can and that'll not be used as another reason for delay, I'll tell you that", McConnell said Tuesday. "There's no time or place, but particularly, to discuss something so sensitive at a political rally is just wrong", Flake told CNN's Raju.

"The leader's assumption, and I assume he knows more about this than the rest of us, is that it's coming today", Thune said, referring to the expectations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has vowed to hold a vote this week. "It's kind of appalling".

Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

Trump's aggressive criticism of Ford seems to reflect the sentiments of some of his conservative supporters. The incident happened in 1985 when Kavanaugh, an undergrad at Yale at the time, mistook a 21-year-old man at a local bar for Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40 (who had performed in the area that night), and allegedly threw ice and a beer at him, causing injury.

But the next morning, even Republican senators who have supported Kavanaugh's nomination condemned Trump's comedy bit. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end.

"Dr. Ford has struggled to recall important events relating to her allegations, and her testimony regarding recent events raises further questions about her memory", Mitchell concluded.

"The woman has been accommodated by all of us, including Senate Judiciary Committee", Conway told reporters.

Nonetheless, in a memo sent by Ms Mitchell, she said it was her view that no "reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee".

Democrats contend the investigation has not been expanded to sufficient potential witnesses.

Some Republican senators said at least a portion of the document should be available for public review.

However, the White House seems to have limited the scope of the investigation, and a report on the FBI's findings is expected to be released before Friday.

At a political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mocked Ford's testimony about the alleged assault in Maryland in 1982 when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Ford's story hasn't been corroborated and people should be presumed innocent until proved guilty. Smyth and Leland Keyser.

Several people with information related to the allegations against Kavanaugh have said they have tried in vain to speak with the FBI, which is due to wrap up its investigation this week. He denies the accusation.

Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blamed the FBI's narrow list of interviewees on the White House. Chuck Grassley repeated his request for notes from Ford's therapy sessions, details of her communications with The Washington Post and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test.

Kavanaugh investigation: FBI 'hasn't spoken to Christine Blasey Ford'