Trump orders Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe Supreme Court nominee

Trump orders Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe Supreme Court nominee

Trump orders Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe Supreme Court nominee

The investigation was requested by Republican Party Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who supported Kavanaugh on a condition that the nomination of the judge will be delayed and an FBI investigation will be ordered to probe the case.

Though Flake and the majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote, he struck a deal with Democrats to delay the vote for a week while an FBI investigation goes ahead.

Democrats were not included on a call that Republican staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee held with the White House discussing the FBI investigation, according to an official familiar with the discussion.

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, during a televised public hearing before the committee recounted the alleged sexual assault by the conservative judge, which "drastically altered her life". "One, the Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith".

"Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Reminding Sanders that all senators have had access to 307 Kavanaugh court decisions, over 500,000 documents, over 40 hours of live testimony, and "more answers to written questions than every prior Supreme Court nominee combined", he condemned Sanders for his rush to judgement.

"They could knock this thing out in a couple of days", said Jim Davis, a former agent who participated in at least 50 such background inquiries.

Ms. Mitchell asked if any one has come forward to say "Hey, I was at that party too."? She described "uproarious laughter" by Kavanaugh and Judge, who has said he doesn't recall such an incident. It will allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh by several women.

Flake was persuaded as he watched Coons renew his call for an FBI investigation.

Mr Trump, who had previously rebuffed Democratic demands for an FBI probe, granted the request, ordering the "supplemental investigation" to be "limited in scope and completed in less than one week".

President Donald Trump and Republicans who narrowly control the Senate must now wait - for up to a week - for the report by an agency that he has repeatedly attacked and derided as biased against his administration.

By the end of the day, Flake had, adding a condition to his promise to vote for Kavanaugh.

Why didn't Mr Kavanaugh and his Republican supporters want the FBI to investigate? "However, as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford". He later said he backed the short delay, even though he'd like to vote sooner.

While Trump continued to back Kavanaugh and said he would not change his Supreme Court nominee, he also praised Ford. "Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time". The committee's 10 Democrats said they did not support Kavanaugh's appointment.

"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me", the other woman, Maria Galagher said.

Sullivan was catching up and watching the hearing while in recovery at home as of Friday, he said.

Each of the people Ford identified as being at the gathering - Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick J. Smyth - has said they will cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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