Trump Orders FBI to Look Into Accusations Against Supreme Court Nominee

Calvin Saunders
September 30, 2018

Sanders said Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation. Rather, it was a specific sound she heard from Kavanaugh and the other boy she says was in the room, Mark Judge.

Emma Scott, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman from Charleston, South Carolina, said that, while she doesn't doubt Ford endured a trauma of some kind, she wasn't convinced it could be tied to Kavanaugh. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well. He told The Atlantic that despite his call for an investigation, he still meant to support Kavanaugh, "unless they turn up something - and they might".

Sen. Jeff Flake said his shock move in calling for a delay of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote was because the Senate is "just falling apart".

However, a full vote by the Senate on Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed because of the investigation ordered by Trump. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are similarly affected.

Also Saturday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "The scope and duration has been set by the Senate".

But Flake, after urgent consultations with colleagues including Democratic Senator Chris Coons, cast the vote only after asking the Republican-led panel to request that the Trump administration pursue an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe lasting up to seven days of the explosive allegations against Kavanaugh. Committee spokesmen did not return a request for comment to elaborate on what specifically those allegations are.

The expectation is that like other FBI background checks, the results of the FBI's investigation will be private and put in Kavanaugh's file and made available to senators but not the public, as per sources.

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Republicans believe the limited FBI investigation will give wavering Republican senators confidence - and a degree of political cover - to vote for Kavanaugh through.

"I will only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already", said Flake.

Christine Blasey Ford is a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Walsh continued, per CNN: "However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question".

What's not clear is whether agents will investigate two other allegations raised against Kavanaugh dating to the 1980s - former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez claimed he exposed himself at a drunken party, and another woman, Julie Swetnick, alleged he and Judge attempted to ply teenage girls with alcohol at wild parties where girls were sexually abused.

As for Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, the women who confronted him in the elevator, Flake said their intervention was "poignant", but that he believed "some of their concern was how Kavanaugh would rule on the court. His face was white and very uncomfortable saying "hello" back", she said. A White House official who was not authorised to speak publicly said the West Wing saw the judge's opening statement as "game changing" and said Trump appeared to react positively. Grassley wrote, "Am I to take from your letter that you are now undecided and willing to seriously engage with the Senate's advice-and-consent constitutional duties related to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States?"

The panel vote split along strict party lines with the 11 Republican members backing Kavanaugh and all 10 Democrats opposing him. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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