Democrats question Kavanaugh's credibility and temperament

Democrats question Kavanaugh's credibility and temperament

Democrats question Kavanaugh's credibility and temperament

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has given up a teaching position at Harvard Law School, a spokesman said Tuesday, as he contends with sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Reports say the FBI has completed its latest investigation into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a party when they were in high school. He has vehemently denied all the accusations. She nevertheless refused to answer how this might impact her view, and ultimately her vote, on Kavanaugh. McConnell characterized those requests as part of an ongoing effort "to move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's nomination by senators bent on delay.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, later told The Washington Post that Trump's comments would not factor into his thinking on the nomination. With Republicans holding a thin 51-49 majority and five senators, including three Republicans, not committed to approving Kavanaugh, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky.

The FBI's supplemental investigation began last Friday night, USA time, after an official request from the Senate judiciary committee and an order from the White House.

And Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick".

Speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic, Trump ally senator Lindsey Graham said that while he "didn't particularly like" the President's remarks about Dr Ford, he slammed Democrats for their treatment of Mr Kavanaugh.

Republicans noted that a bipartisan memorandum of understanding in 2009 dictates the handling of such reports.

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Democrats questioned the secrecy - and the decision to rely on the standard procedure - given the significance.

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"Standard procedures often need to be modified for nonstandard situations", Klain said.

She said: "I'm waiting to see what the results are".

Some Republican senators said at least a portion of the document should be available for public review.

"It's time to put this embarrassing spectacle behind us", he added on Wednesday morning. John Kennedy, R. -La., on the Judiciary Committee. Kennedy said it would be "silly" to threaten to withhold his vote over the report being made public.

The White House pushed back Monday by issuing statements from two other college friends of Kavanaugh, who contradicted Ludington. I respect her position very much.

Senate GOP leadership doesn't intend to make the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh public, and Republicans who want to release it don't seem willing to force McConnell's hand. Sen. Meanwhile Rachel Mitchell, the sex-crimes prosecutor hired by the GOP to question Ford during last week's hearing, has released a memo that points to numerous inconsistencies in Ford's testimony. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee.

"I don't like what the president said last night", he said.

Asked by reporters about Kavanaugh, McSally said: "Based on the information we have, we're unable to corroborate with any other account what the allegations are". The FBI probably won't try to resolve disputes between conflicting witnesses, and witnesses wouldn't be tested by polygraph, he said. But Trump has since changed his tone, believing a vigorous defense of Kavanaugh could energize Republican voters in advance of the midterm elections.

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