McConnell: Democrats are aiming 'mud and muck' at Kavanaugh

Aaron Brown
October 3, 2018

On Monday, his lawyer Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder said Judge had been interviewed "but his interview has not been completed".

He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.

The president faced accusations of sexual misconduct from several women before he was elected.

The president's fellow Republicans accuse Democrats of seeking to delay a vote until after the mid-term elections, in the hope they will win control of Congress and derail Judge Kavanaugh's appointment. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process.

In his testimony, Kavanaugh vehemently denied Ford's claim.

He said he thought the judge "is doing very well right now".

"Next, Democrats said the process should be delayed because too few documents were available from Judge Kavanaugh's past public service".

In speaking to FBI agents, Deborah Ramirez detailed her allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were students at Yale University, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of a confidential investigation.

"Look, I'm waiting just like you", he said.

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Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Ford of California, were brought before the committee on September 24 to testify.

The votes of the three aforementioned Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

In a statement to the ME newspaper the Portland Press Herald, a spokeswoman for Collins said she, Murkowski and Flake "advocated for the additional background investigation because she believed that it could help the senators evaluate the claims that have been brought to the Judiciary committee".

Donald Trump defended his pick but conceded that the appeals court judge has had a "bit of difficulty" with alcohol.

He said Mr Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the court.

Texts between friends of Kavanaugh suggest that he and his team tried to refute Ramirez's claim before it became public, NBC News reported, citing the messages. Judge Kavanaugh's defenders counter that the accusations against him risk making the man a professional and social pariah. "Even the American Bar Association, which has previously rated Judge Kavanaugh as "well qualified" has called for an FBI investigation, where we could learn more information and other potential witnesses could be interviewed", Donnelly said.

Both Murkowski and Collins on Tuesday said they are satisfied with the scope and pace of the FBI's background investigation. He pledged that the full Senate would begin voting on Kavanaugh's nomination this week.

The Republican senator at the center of the Supreme Court debate is vowing to make sure the FBI does "a real investigation" into President Donald Trump's nominee.

'I think he'll be totally impartial, ' the president said Tuesday before he left the White House for a campaign event in Philadelphia.

Mr Trump has denied imposing any restrictions, saying he wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to interview whoever they deem appropriate" in its check on his pick for the Supreme Court. "This is a very, very, very hard time", he said.

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