Nadler: If Kavanaugh Confirmed, 'House Would Have to' Investigate 'Any Credible Allegations'

Sheila Mcguire
October 3, 2018

The FBI is known to have interviewed Mark Judge, a boyhood friend of Judge Kavanaugh's, whom Prof Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted.

She had said Monday night that the interview was not completed.

Democrats have seized on Kavanaugh's indignant, emotional testimony before the Judiciary Committee to question whether he has the temperament for a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. "The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here, on this floor, this week", McConnell told the chamber.Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said a Friday vote on Kavanaugh would not give senators enough time to evaluate the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Trump raised the temperature even further at a rally in MS on Tuesday night, mocking Ford for not having answers to some questions during her Senate testimony.

Responding to those concerns, Trump said at a press conference he wants the FBI to do a "comprehensive" investigation and "it wouldn't bother me at all" if agents pursued accusations made by the three women.

President Trump said that if Kavanaugh did lie to Congress, then "that would not be acceptable", but the White House has said the administration does not feel that Kavanaugh lied under oath.

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Speaking with reporters on the South Lawn at the White House, Trump also said he hopes the Senate will vote to confirm Kavanaugh by the end of the week but acknowledged it depends on the result of the ongoing investigation.

This raises the possibility of conservatives rallying around the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and cutting into the enthusiasm advantage among Democratic women, many of whom who were politically activated when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you", wrote her attorneys, Michael Bromwich and Debra Katz. Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegations. They looked around and asked questions, he said, and then Dudley was put in a squad vehicle and taken to jail. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

A wild card in all of this is President Donald Trump, the man who nominated Kavanaugh.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered a swing vote on the nomination, refused to be drawn into the issue of Kavanaugh's credibility or the timing of an eventual vote on Tuesday. I don't remember. How many years ago?

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"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of". Mayorga reported the incident in 2009, but Las Vegas officials said they had no suspect in the case.

When Trump ordered the FBI investigation last week under pressure from a handful of Senate Republicans, he set a deadline of this Friday for the probe's completion. "'I don't remember, '" Mr Trump said imitating Ms Ford at the rally in Southaven, Mississippi. Think of your husband, ' Trump said. It was not immediately clear if Kavanaugh dropped out due to anticipation that he would be serving on the Supreme Court. He said the one thing he wanted was speed, because drawing the probe out was "unfair" to Kavanaugh's family.

The FBI is expected to spend the coming days investigating the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh. She noted in the assessment that she is a Republican, but said she is not a political person.

Ernst is among six Republican women in the Senate.

"I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", the president tweeted late Saturday.

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