White House not ‘micromanaging’ Kavanaugh probe

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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch

Ramirez has told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were both students in the 1980s.

Grassley blasted: "Your public statements clearly reveal how unimportant it is to you to review any facts related to this nomination".

Trump then ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, which has delayed a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.

On Twitter later on Friday, Trump wrote: "Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

She said a drunken Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, pushed her into a bedroom, that Kavanaugh pinned her down and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes.

Trump told associates after the hearing that he liked Kavanaugh's fighting attitude and was critical of Democrats who he sees as politicising the process, said a person familiar with his thinking who was not authorised to disclose private conversations.

When asked by The Atlantic about his decision to call for the delay, Flake, one of a handful of swing votes on Kavanaugh's nomination, said that he'd been feeling "unsettled" about how the judge's confirmation process had been playing out, especially the partisanship that appeared to be wrenching the Senate "apart at the seams". They include Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Flake, a frequent critic of Trump who is not seeking re-election. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump said in the statement.

In an 11th-hour move, however, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake asked for a delay of up to a week before Kavanaugh's nomination is put to a vote in the full Senate to allow for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations against him. Committee spokesmen did not return a request for comment to elaborate on what specifically those allegations are. They have been all over already.

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Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation.

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".

The FBI is also investigating the allegation of Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers in the Washington, DC, suburbs.

After three women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, lawmakers disagreed along party lines about how to proceed.

Ford told the Judiciary Committee that some weeks after the alleged assault, she ran into Judge at a local grocery store where he was working for the summer.

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".

"In an airplane", Ford replied - an answer that contradicted her lawyers' contention that she could not testify earlier because of her fear of flying. She hasn't accused Kavanaugh of raping her. Swetnik described Kavanaugh as a "mean drunk" in high school who was physically and verbally aggressive with girls. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

More than 20 million people watched Thursday's hearing on the accusations of sexual assault facing Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

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