Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Jeff Flake, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe timeline

FBI told to review nominee | US | Journal Gazette Trump calls FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 'a blessing in disguise'
Michele Schwartz | 30 September, 2018, 01:36

The announcement followed a vote along party lines by the Judiciary Committee to advance Kavanaugh's nomination - an 11-to-10 roll call that was left significantly in doubt amid a contentious yet odd debate as senators dashed into an anteroom behind the hearing space.

Republicans gave fiery speeches defending Kavanaugh.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", she said. Donnelly, like many other Democratic lawmakers, called for the FBI to investigate the allegations. It also says that investigation should be completed no later than October 5. The Judiciary Committee said the probe would cover "current credible allegations", although committee spokesmen did not respond to a request to elaborate on what those accusations are.

Angry Democrats walked out as the Republican-led Senate panel set the vote for 1 p.m. ET on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, did propose a delay of up to a week to allow the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination.

Then Flake, R-Ariz., made his move, signaling to Sen. Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) are undecided on the Democratic side after Sen.

Feinstein said later: "This is not a trial of Dr. Ford, it's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh".

Speaking to the American media, she explained the impact of Ford's testimony on her.

"A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts".

It will be limited in scope and be completed in less than one week.

Coons of DE said that after Flake announced his support for Kavanaugh earlier Friday, they had a private conversation and Coons said he told Flake, "I respect you as my friend, but I'm having difficulty with your vote. I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate".

Flake told The Atlantic that he was moved by an impassioned plea by Sen. Chris Coons of DE, among others.

"After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge", Flake said in a release Friday.

Ms. Ford, a psychologist, says she herself met Mr. Kavanaugh as the two traveled in similar social circles. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said typically FBI headquarters will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the USA for further investigation and are assigned a quick deadline.

Judge met with his lawyer Friday morning in Washington, after returning from Bethany Beach, Del. "He nominated him. He believes in him".

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

All 51 Republican senators reportedly voted yes on the motion, which sends Kavanaugh past an initial procedural hurdle. He does not have the veracity nor temperament for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our nation. Kavanaugh said he was "100 percent sure" he is innocent.

Ultimately senators asked for a week-long Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to resolve the sexual abuse allegations, and Trump agreed. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) "explosive, volcanic floor statement that provided everybody with a real account, for once, of what is actually going on".

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