FBI Reportedly Reaches Out to Second Kavanaugh Accuser

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Later, he voted with the other Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to refer Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, but also said that he had voted on the condition that there would be an FBI investigation of the allegations before a confirmation vote.

Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.

Ramirez was the second woman to bring forward allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend held her down and attempted to rape her at a party in high school. The lawmaker denied the claim.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, Sept. 27, 2018. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are similarly affected.

Trump's decision on a limited FBI investigation against Kavanaugh came after the Republicans agreed to it. The entire exchange was caught on camera (video above).

However, he also said that the delay could eventually help both Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself.

"The Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith".

Judge, the high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford says was in the room during the alleged assault, has also agreed to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There's no currency, no market for reaching across the aisle. The FBI typically does not make judgments on credibility or significance of findings, but rather just gathers information and leaves assessments up to recipients. "I'm a conservative and he's a conservative".

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

"It's about sinking Donald Trump and it's about politicizing the Supreme Court". Mr Trump can afford to lose the vote of only one senator in his own party if all the Democrats vote against Mr Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence casts a tie-breaking vote. It will allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh by several women.

A last-minute agreement struck with Sen Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to get the votes necessary to pass the nomination out of committee Friday means a full Senate vote will not happen until later in the week, ostensibly after senators receive the results of the FBI investigation.

It came a day after Kavanaugh furiously refuted the testimony of 51-year-old university professor Christine Blasey Ford, who told a packed hearing room he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago, in marathon hearing stretching over nine hours. 'But on the other side, we have laws in this country that protect individuals from being wrongfully accused'.

An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the investigation, including how many agents would be assigned and whether it could be completed in a week. President Trump then said, "I'll tell you what".

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, said in an email to Reuters that his client has not been contacted by investigators.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pressed Saturday for an even broader investigation, writing in a letter to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee that the FBI should examine whether Kavanaugh lied to senators during his testimony. The request followed reports of sexual wrongdoing by Kavanaugh. "This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court", Sanders wrote in the letter to the chairman, Sen.

Kavanaugh's Yale classmates have contradicted his characterization of his drinking in high school and college as moderate and that he never blacked out.