Republicans' prosecutor says Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has weak case

Republicans' prosecutor says Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has weak case

Kerry Wise
October 2, 2018

"Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal".

Most voters, 68 percent, say the investigation is a good idea before the Senate votes on Kavanaugh.

"The agreement will allow greater USA access to Canada's dairy market and addresses Canadian concerns about potential auto tariffs, the sources said". He had planned to keep the Senate in session this past weekend to proceed on Kavanaugh's nomination but that didn't happen when a final vote on Trump's nominee was delayed by a week for the FBI investigation.

The White House issued revised guidance to the FBI that agents can interview anyone they deem relevant as part of their investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump says he's still hopeful that Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate and that he doesn't want to discuss alternative nominees.

Kagan, who Kavanaugh cited in his remarks before a contentious hearing Thursday for hiring him to teach at Harvard Law School, refused to answer a student's question about the nomination process.

Ford recounted in graphic detail to the Senate committee how Kavanaugh, along with a friend of his, allegedly locked her in a room at a house party and groped her, while holding his hand over her mouth to silence her screams.

The prosecutor said Ford has offered inconsistent accounts and has "struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations", which "raises further questions about her memory".

In his testimony to the judiciary committee Thursday, Kavanaugh denied ever blacking out from drinking.

Ludington said in the statement he often drank with Kavanaugh when they were classmates, and said Kavanaugh had played down "the degree and frequency" of his drinking in his testimony.

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Coons and Flake met in a tiny hallway outside the Senate meeting, and as other members of the committee got involved in the discussions, the two squeezed into "literally a phone booth that we can barely fit in" to continue discussions with another senator, Coons said. While the Senate Judiciary Committee has its own investigators, FBI agents are specifically trained to gather facts and will follow wherever the evidence leads. Ramirez went public to the New Yorker with allegations concerning Kavanaugh while both were at Yale University in the 1980s.

Earlier on Saturday, before leaving for the rally, Mr Trump struck an optimistic tone about Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him that the White House and the Republican Party previously resisted could be a "blessing in disguise".

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition. The FBI is not tasked to do that".

Republican Senator Jeff Flake admitted in an interview with "60 Minutes" that the FBI investigation - the one he called for - into the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh will probably do nothing to clarify what we already know.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the committee, agreed.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied her allegation, as well as sexual misconduct accusations by two other women.

On the other hand, Mr Trump said, if the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovers something, "I'll take that into consideration. And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. However the FBI is carrying out an investigation into Ford's allegations, as well as allegations made by a second woman, Deborah Ramirez. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

President Trump says the FBI will have "free rein" in their investigations.

Indiana's other U.S. Senator, Todd Young, last week kept his support behind Kavanaugh following the committee hearing.

As Kavanaugh and the Trump administration hopes confirmation will come this week, the Supreme Court began its new term Monday. Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 margin. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in their favour.