Federal Bureau of Investigation can question 'anybody' about Kavanaugh

Federal Bureau of Investigation can question 'anybody' about Kavanaugh

Federal Bureau of Investigation can question 'anybody' about Kavanaugh

Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, tried to link the allegations against Kavanaugh to what he said was a broader problem.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh bowed out of teaching a January class at Harvard Law School as sexual assault allegations threaten his confirmation to the high court.

President Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the bench.

"We don't want to go on a witch hunt, do we?"

"It is a very scary time for young men in America when you could be guilty of something you may not be guilty of", Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One.

The New York Democrat later said "there is a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI investigation is complete, the findings should be released publicly with any personal information redacted".

Trump again defended the conservative judge, who would help tilt the highest court to the right for years to come, saying that Kavanaugh had been open during Senate testimony about his liking for beer as a young man.

The nomination has become a politically explosive issue ahead of November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake. Some of Trump's fellow Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.

The North Carolina State University professor, who said he had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his information, indicated on Sunday in a statement that Mr Kavanaugh was "belligerent and aggressive" when he drank.

Judge, who has refrained from public interviews and did not testify on Capitol Hill, completed his interview with FBI agents as part of the reopened background investigation into allegations made against Kavanaugh.

Mr Judge has not appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but said in a statement: "I do not recall the party described in Dr Ford's letter".

She said she's never forgotten Kavanaugh and Judge's "uproarious laughter. and their having fun at my expense".

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The audience laughed as the president said: "Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer!"

He had taught at Harvard Law since 2008, according to Harvard Law Today.

The president also suggested Kavanaugh should potentially be interviewed. Reuters was unable to verify the report or reach the people named.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents the third accuser, told Business Insider that the investigation is a "farce" and is being run by Trump.

Nine of 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote on Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn, listing 24 people they said should be interviewed by the FBI and urging that the investigation assess all three allegations of sexual misconduct.

"By the time The Crimson reported late Monday that Kavanaugh had left his teaching position at the Law School, at least 48 students had signed an online petition certifying they had filed a Title IX complaint against the nominee", the Crimson reported.

The party's narrow 51-49 majority means that if all Democratic senators vote against the nominee, Republicans can only afford one defection.

Mr Dudley, a Republican nominee for governor of OR in 2010, has spoken out in defence of Mr Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Mr Schumer said: "The harsh fact of the matter is that we have mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is just not credible".

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Friday would be too soon.

Democrats are also questioning Mr Kavanaugh's honesty, particularly over statements he made about his drinking in high school and college after a former classmate at Yale said he was a "frequent, heavy drinker".

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