The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he had denied any possibility that he had ever blacked out from drinking. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.
Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
A recent YouGov poll found that the country was split over the testimony that Kavanaugh and Ford presented to the panel, with 41 percent saying that they believed Ford and 35 percent saying they believed Kavanaugh.
"On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer". An hour of frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations ensued, ending when Flake emerged and dropped the bombshell that he wanted an FBI investigation before he would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on the Senate floor.
Investigators compile information about a nominee's past and provide findings to the agency that requested the background check; in this case, it's the White House. We're not micromanaging this process.
"There is no clear standard of proof for allegations made during the Senate's confirmation process", Mitchell wrote in the memo. "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told "Fox News Sunday." "The FBI is not tasked to do that".
Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell questions Christine Blasey Ford as Republican senators, from left, Ben Sasse (Neb.), Ted Cruz (Tex.), Mike Lee (Utah) and John Cornyn (Tex.) listen at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 27.
Another committee member, Sen.
At a dramatic televised hearing Thursday, university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of pinning her down and assaulting her in the 1980s.
While discussing the case on CNN, she said "I feel very empathetic, frankly, towards victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape". "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. Just what the FBI will investigate remains a mystery. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.
Republicans control 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation.
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During a regular briefing in Beijing with reporters on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang echoed those remarks. He described China's actions as retaliation for his decision to challenge them on trade policy.
Despite the compressed time frame, Comey expressed confidence that investigators would help settle a debate that has further polarized a deeply divided country.
But she then added that it was unfair to condemn Kavanaugh for an alleged action 36 years ago that could not be confirmed.
Some Democratic lawmakers claim the White House is keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses and have questioned how thorough the probe can and will be.
McConnell's office declined to elaborate Sunday on which allegations would be investigated, reiterating only that it would focus on "current credible allegations". "Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn't change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee".
The fact that they agreed to a limited, one-week investigation won't tie their hands when that leaves the nation knowing no more than it did last Friday.
"They have free rein". "We have to allow them to go ahead". "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", Trump said Saturday as he departed the White House for a trip to West Virginia. "And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine".
The president revisited the question of "scope" later Saturday on Twitter, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". He denies all the claims.
A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke".
The responses were divided largely along partisan lines - about two-thirds of Democrats said they believed the allegations and almost two-thirds of Republicans said they did not.
Meanwhile, attorneys for Christine Ford, a California professor who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, told Fox News their client had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kavanaugh's high school friend, Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said Friday that he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh. He has vehemently denied all allegations.