Supreme Court Justice Kagan won’t discuss Kavanaugh

Charlene Craig
October 2, 2018

Chris Coons, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, launched a bipartisan effort last Friday to delay a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh for a week so the FBI could investigate the sexual impropriety claims made against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

What did the public at large think?

President Donald Trump said on Monday he wants the FBI to conduct a comprehensive and quick investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but not a "witch hunt". Independent voters, who supported Kavanaugh 45 - 39 percent September 10, oppose his confirmation 49 - 39 percent today.

At face value, the fact that opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination has gone up in the wake of his testimony won't help persuade on-the-fence senators. While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Ludington said he was concerned about Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Coons and Flake said Kavanaugh's emotional but sharply partisan approach to his defense made them question his fitness for the highest court in the land. Trump asked, mentioning a term he has used in the past to denigrate Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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Last Friday, Mr Trump ordered a one-week delay in a vote on Mr Kavanaugh so that the FBI could investigate the sexual misconduct claims.

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she is confident in the investigation and "that the FBI will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews".

Mr Trump also contradicted news reports suggesting the investigation would be limited in scope, at the White House's request.

But she declined to discuss the ongoing confirmation process for Kavanaugh.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., requested an investigation last Friday - after he and other Republicans on the panel voted along strict party lines in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation - as a condition for his own subsequent vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

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The FBI has not yet contacted a California professor who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. "They have free rein", he said of investigators. He added: "And hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine".

Trump says he wants the weeklong investigation to "be comprehensive", but also wants it to go quickly "because it's unfair" to the nominee "at this point".

The president's eldest son has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

The third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Ms Swetnick's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on Saturday afternoon that his client had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but is willing to fully cooperate with investigators. He spoke during an interview set to air Monday.

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