Federal Bureau of Investigation contact second accuser of court nominee Kavanaugh

Federal Bureau of Investigation contact second accuser of court nominee Kavanaugh

"White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate set the scope and duration of the investigation and that the White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do".

Speaking to the issue of the scope of the FBI's investigation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House counsel Don McGahn, who is managing Kavanaugh's nomination, "has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like, and what the scope of the investigation is".

"The White House is not getting involved in the FBI investigation in that way", Conway added.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House to ask the FBI to conduct the supplemental investigation, which will be "limited to current credible allegations" and must be done by October 5. One of Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, also testified.

The agency can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations.

The committee voted 11-10 along party lines in favor of confirming Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was the first to make that demand shortly before he voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate.

"This country is being ripped apart here. When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive", Ludington said.

Ford's wrenching testimony on Thursday engendered expressions of deep sympathy from many viewers, and scores of women shared accounts on social media of having been victims of sexual aggression.

The others, the New York Times reported, are Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge and Leland Keyser and PJ Smyth, also said to have been at the party at which Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her.

If Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell moves forward on a vote without an investigation, Flake said he would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court. The Maine Republican supports the new FBI investigation and is among a few Republican and Democratic senators who have not announced a position on Kavanaugh.

"The FBI has a job to do and that is to find the truth and present it", he said. "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", he said.

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Mr Flake, who had a pained expression when he made his request for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe in the committee after forcing a brief delay in the scheduled vote, was supported by two other Republican moderates, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both of whom have not announced whether they would support Mr Kavanaugh.

Although Gallagher and Archila had both kept their personal experiences with assault mostly private for years, they say that Flake's initial announcement that he would vote to approve Kavanaugh stirred them to action.

"I would expect it is going to turn out very well for the judge".

Flake said he, too, didn't like Kavanaugh's mention of the Clintons, saying "it seemed partisan".

In addition to being a "frequent" and "heavy drinker", Ludington said Kavanaugh was often "belligerent and aggressive" when drunk.

"Now I will concede that the two girls aren't mentioned", Whitehouse said.

Ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said many Republicans had their minds made up before Ford's testimony.

"This is about power", he said.

"Certainly, she was a very credible witness. Instead, its investigators are expected to pursue the same kind of background inquiry they have conducted on Kavanaugh in the past, focused on the new allegations".

"Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time". "Each appointment to our nation's highest court [as with all others] is simply too important to rush to a vote".

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