Trump agrees to open 'limited' FBI investigation into accusations against Kavanaugh

30 September, 2018, 08:47 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Thursday Sept 27 2018. Christine Blasey Ford testified earlier on Thursday about her accusation that Kavanaugh President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

The FBI reached out to a second woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the woman's lawyer said Saturday. The investigation will be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and must be completed within a week, the committee requested.

Trump and the Republican leaders had little choice but to ask Trump to order the FBI inquiry after Senator Jeff Flake (Republican-Arizona), said he would not vote to confirm him without an FBI investigation first. The Senate Judiciary Committee says the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by October 5.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory when they were undergraduates. They'll make their decisions and they've been doing a good job.

The committee was required to ask the White House to make the request to the FBI because that authority lies exclusively with the White House and ultimately the president, sources familiar with the background investigation process tell ABC News.

Kavanaugh said in a statement Friday that he would continue to cooperate with investigators to clear his name.

Even before an investigation was reopened, Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for one of the accusers, Julie Swetnick, announced Friday on Twitter that Swetnick would tell her story "directly to the American people" this weekend because Republicans have not allowed her to testify under oath.

Christine Blasey Ford is flanked by her attorneys Debra Katz left and Michael Bromwich at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday Sept 27 2018. Blasey testified about her accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh President Trump

The FBI had already completed a background check on Kavanaugh, and it was unclear what the parameters of the new inquiry would be.

Last week, Trump tweeted that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with local police.

McConnell also strongly warned Trump against firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following reports that Rosenstein had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove him from office, telling him it could lead to "a bloodbath", according to the Republicans familiar with the conversations.

"Somebody has got to explain this to Trump", Sen.

Kavanaugh's confirmation will be finalized once the full Senate vote occurs. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who forced the delay of Kavanaugh's confirmation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

"Look at what happened", Jennings said.


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