Kavanaugh sounded like he was 'wrongly accused' at hearing, Flake says

Larry Hoffman
October 1, 2018

The FBI has reached out to the second woman who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

The FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is narrowly focused, top officials said in interviews on Sunday, with sources telling CNN that the White House is controlling the scope of the probe.

Ramirez, meanwhile, came forward with her own claim against Kavanaugh after Ford's story was published, accusing the Supreme Court nominee of exposing himself to her at a dorm-room party at Yale during the 1983-1984 school year.

Ludington said that Kavanaugh had played down "the degree and frequency" of his drinking, and that the judge had often become "belligerent and aggressive" while intoxicated.

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 NBC News and the other outlets said Swetnick would not be questioned, the White House, which has stood by Kavanaugh throughout the fallout from an explosive Senate hearing on Thursday, denied it was limiting the investigation.

Trump ordered the investigation on Friday after Arizona GOP Sen.

While the FBI is investigating Ford and Ramirez's allegations, the full parameters of its probe remain unclear. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said in a statement issued by the White House.

"We're not going to give it to them", Trump said.

Amid the new probe, Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine".

"I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".

The key player in a day of dramatic and unexpected developments was Senator Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican retiring from the Senate in January who provided the decisive vote to approve Kavanaugh's nomination in the Judiciary Committee and send the matter to the full Senate. Just what the FBI will investigate remains a mystery.

He called Kavanaugh's confirmation process "a grotesque carnival".

Dr. Ford's lawyer lawyer says she has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Senate Republicans ultimately drafted the witness list and shared it with the White House, according to The Times, and they did not consult their Democratic colleagues when putting it together.

The Arizona politician has since said that his support for Kavanaugh would be contingent on the FBI investigating Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault.

While discussing the case on CNN, she said "I feel very empathetic, frankly, towards victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape". White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also said she hadn't discussed the matter with McGahn.

An attorney for Leland Keyser, a friend of Ford's who Ford says was at the party, said Keyser also was willing to cooperate with the FBI investigation. He has repeatedly denied Ford's allegation.

But FBI agents could interview the other accusers and witnesses and gather additional evidence or details.

Kennedy said he asked Kavanaugh directly before the hearing if the accusations were true.

Conway and press secretary Sarah Sanders, who appeared on Fox News Sunday, both insisted the White House was not micro-managing the investigation.

"All I can tell you is it came from somebody with a political motive", Graham said.

Comey wrote that he is confident in the FBI agents' ability to sufficiently conduct an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh by several women.

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