McConnell nixes Democrats’ request for Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing on Kavanaugh probe

McConnell nixes Democrats’ request for Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing on Kavanaugh probe

Darren Sullivan
October 4, 2018

The Supreme Court began a new term this week without a full bench as it waits on the FBI to investigate sexual abuse allegations against nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of trying to derail the nomination on Monday, declaring: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

Amid criticism from key Republican senators, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford during a rally Tuesday. "How'd you get home?"

"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know. I don't remember. I don't know. I don't know.

"I had one beer". However, if his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

He went on to say: "A man's life is in tatters".

Flake told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that mocking "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right". I wish he hadn't. done it.

Imitating her, he said: "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember".

Collins told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong". She declined to say if it would affect her vote. However, I have direct and repeated knowledge about his drinking and his disposition while drunk. "Wholly inappropriate and entirely unacceptable" chimed in Murkowski.

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At a news conference on Monday, President Donald Trump decried what he described as "trauma" inflicted upon Kavanaugh, but nevertheless said he wants to see the FBI "do a very comprehensive investigation".

But Ford has not heard from the FBI as of Tuesday morning as questions mount about the extent of the agency's investigation, her team said told CNN. Only senators and authorized staff will be able to read them.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh becomes emotional as he testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018.

That will include speaking with other people present in the room during the alleged incident, like Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who previously denied the claims. Trump trashed Ford even though the FBI is looking into the matter, virtually prejudging the outcome of the limited investigation.

Whether that report will make its way into the public's hands is unclear.

"I don't know. I don't know", Trump said.

Trump is the second president to speak at the Landers Center - former President George W. Bush made an appearance there in 2003.

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation battle and the national soul-searching over sexual consent it has provoked threaten only to further motivate liberal female voters, leaving Republicans searching for a counterweight.

Trump also repeatedly encouraged those in attendance to vote Republican in November and called the midterm elections, "One of the most important congressional elections of our lifetime".