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39;Protestors' Who Confronted Flake Over Kavanaugh Vote May Have Ulterior Motives How The FBI Will Investigate The Brett Kavanaugh Allegations
Gerardo Duncan | 02 October, 2018, 12:34

Now that the FBI is investigating sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, politicians need to stay out of it while the agency does its work, U.S. Sen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said that the investigation would be "limited to current credible allegations" - raising questions over exactly what would be investigated given that Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations.

"I don't drink", Trump told reporters jokingly, resulting in a burst of laughter from some reporters at a White House news conference.

"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file. Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that", he said. Trump did not elaborate.In a statement to media, Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh, said the judge was not truthful about his drinking during his Senate testimony last week and that at Yale, Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" who often got belligerent and aggressive when drunk. "If we took 10 years, they'd want more time", he groused.

The prosecutor who questioned Christine Blasey Ford about her claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her while both were teens 36 years ago says she would not bring charges on the basis of Ford's claims.

Mr Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ms Ford says was in the room when a drunken Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Mr Kavanaugh.

While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Mr Ludington said he was concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Though Flake received applause from numerous hundreds of spectators at the summit event on Monday, there were a smattering of boos when he said that while Ford offered "compelling, credible testimony", Kavanaugh made an "impassioned, very raw defense and rebuttal to what was going on".

Some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses. We could call it 'As the Stomach Turns.' If you think this is a search for the truth, you probably ought to put down the bong. "It's nearly became - I - I think for me it's, like, a part of my job description to handle this crap", Trump said.

"The White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation", she said.

He also suggested that many people whom the agents seek out for interviews will be receptive.

The Times also reported Sunday that a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh has accused him of a "blatant mischaracterization" of his drinking, which the judge downplayed in the Senate hearing.

Asked on Fox News Sunday whether the White House had given the Federal Bureau of Investigation a list of permitted witnesses, she replied, "Not that I'm aware of".

At a rally that drew hundreds to Boston City Hall, New York congressional candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez warned Flake and other elected leaders that voters would end their careers should they support Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Murkowski is not on the committee, but also has not announced how she will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Republicans have 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and could afford to lose one vote, but not two or more on confirmation.

Unable to attack Blasey head-on ― a politically sensitive move on the eve of the midterm elections ― Republicans have instead focused on complaining about the process that led the psychology professor to speak out last month, and on attempting to discredit the story of a different woman who has accused Kavanaugh of being at a high school party where she was gang-raped. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke".

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