Kavanaugh Investigation Wrapping Up - Senate Vote by Friday?

Arturo Kim
October 2, 2018

He lashed out at Democratic senators and frequently interrupted them, while accusing Democrats of orchestrating a political "hit" against him. "If the scope doesn't include my client and the others who have accused Mr. Kavanaugh, how can it be a credible investigation?".

Although the precise parameters of the expanded probe remained unclear Monday, this much was certain: No move by the White House is likely to quell the partisan fires raging in Washington.

U.S. media meanwhile reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had begun their interview of Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's former best friend and a key figure in the misconduct allegations leveled by Christine Blasey Ford.

His attorney, Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder, wouldn't say Tuesday when the interview concluded or what Judge was asked. They say that the administration has put strict limits on what the FBI can investigate.

Trump repeated that he wants the investigation to be comprehensive, indicating he thinks the investigation is "a good thing" for Kavanaugh, as he believes nothing incriminating will show up.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's account that he exposed himself to her and thrust his genitalia in her face during a party at a Yale dormitory when they were both students there, as reported September 23 by The New Yorker.

Delay, delay, delay. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell (R-KY) says that's what he expects - more obstruction tactics from Democrats.

The party's narrow 51-49 majority means that if all Democratic senators vote against the nominee, Republicans can only afford one defection. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart.

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Like it or not the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch and now the nomination of Kavanaugh can be laid at the feet of those who either didn't vote in 2016 or voted for a third party.

This clears the way for several further avenues of investigation by the FBI, including interviewing several of Kavanaugh's classmates from his time at Yale. Judge has also denied misconduct allegations. After that, in middle of the committee vote, Flake got up to huddle with Delaware Democrat Sen. Kavanaugh angrily denied the charges to the committee. Leadership has yet to lock down the 50 Republican votes needed to install Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and each passing day brings the possibility of new revelations.

The letter to the school's dean, John Manning, asked that Kavanaugh's appointment as the Samuel Williston Lecturer on Law be rescinded and that he not be allowed to teach in the winter term, as had been planned.

The president was pressed repeatedly on whether the White House was keeping the FBI on a leash to prevent it from conducting a full investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford. She alleges that Kavanaugh as well as Judge were present at one party in "approximately 1982" when she was raped by more than one male, though she does not name her attackers.

Mitchell, who worked as a sex-crimes prosecutor for almost 25 years in Arizona, pointed out what she identified as timing inconsistencies.

Another Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has challenged the truthfulness of the Supreme Court nominee's Senate testimony, saying Kavanaugh was often "belligerent and aggressive" when he drank.

Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process. She said Judge and Kavanaugh were both drunk at the time.

She adds, "What message that sends to women in America is that we are innocent until proven guilty in this country". But this isn't about emotion, it's about facts, and all the facts end on Brett Kavanaugh's side.

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