While Democrats have said they hope to keep delaying Kavanaugh’s nomination until past the mid-term elections and ultimately torpedo his chances, McConnell said on October 1 that a floor vote would, in fact, happen this week.
First, the White House, which has assured me this investigation will be done “by the book”, should clarify what “by the book” means by stating what its scope is and what procedures are in place for the investigation.
Judge could conceivably corroborate the testimony of Kavanaugh or Ford.
Added Trump: “Can you imagine if I had, what a mess I’d be?”
Ramirez asked for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, alleging that he exposed himself to her at a college party in the 1980s.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today echoed comments he made last week about how low he thinks things have gotten in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process.
Flake single-handedly delayed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings last week by insisting on an FBI investigation. But their goal hasn’t moved an inch, not an inch. But he said their attempts to delay and obstruct the judge’s nomination end this week.
Ms Ford has said Mr Smyth was downstairs, not anywhere near the event.
A Republican senator has raised concerns about US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “partisan” tone at last week’s hearing into sexual misconduct allegations.
But questions about the investigation’s expansiveness mounted as additional witnesses came forward with accounts they wanted to present to the FBI about Kavanaugh’s behavior.
“We are going to keep pushing because justice in America is not just about protecting the powerful”, Ocasio-Cortez said.
Facing New Hampshire voters at Saint Anselm College, Flake repeatedly condemned the rise of “tribalism” shaping the Supreme Court debate and US politics.
Because the agency isn’t running a criminal investigation, but performing a background check at the request of the White House, it is the White House that defines the inquiry’s parameters.
Murkowski told reporters at the Capitol that “it’s incumbent on all of us to listen to the information when it comes out”.
What are the drinking allegations?
Five days after an extraordinary Senate hearing watched by millions of people in which a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh, Trump seemed to raise the issue of false accusations against men.
The allegations against Kavanaugh come against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.
But he added: “I never saw him passed out but I saw him quite drunk”.
Steve Gomez, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge and an ABC News analyst, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation could gather plenty of information in a short time, in part because they already had a lot.
Demand Justice, a new group focused on fighting efforts to tilt the US judiciary to the right, said it was spending $120,000 to air a television ad in Washington, Alaska, Maine and the San Francisco area, where Ford lives.
Flake now may be siding with some Democrats in demanding a more extensive FBI investigation.
What’s likely to happen at the vote?
In a statement released Sunday, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s said he is “deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale”.
Lisa Murkowski, a key undecided vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, says she’s not anxious that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving too fast on the nomination this week.
Kavanaugh has denied all these allegations calling them “a smear”.