After truly Herculean pressure and the threat of defection from Republican senators, President Donald Trump finally agreed on Friday to reopen the background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid mutiple allegations of sexual assault.
As the FBI completed interviews with four people as part of its one-week investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, moderate Republican Senator Jeff Flake said he was anxious about the conservative federal appeals court judge's performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.
The move marks a shift in tactics against USA president Donald Trump's choice for the highest court in America as all sides await the results of the FBI's background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.
"They [the White House] can not say, "Oh hey, only interview the people in their neighborhood on one side of the street.' Or 'Only interview people from a certain period of their life, '" Sen". That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. "They laid out the request, and we've opened it up", press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday.
"The White House will decide the breadth of the inquiry, though presidential advisers were working in concert with Senate Republicans, said the two people, one a senior administration official, who both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive investigation". Kavanaugh could be sitting on the Supreme Court in January, when the course was scheduled.
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"I think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should do what they have to do to get to the answer", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, declined on Monday afternoon to provide more detail on what the FBI's investigation can cover. Cozzolino said he then got hit on the ear with a glass.
Judge has said that he has no memory of the alleged incident and never saw Kavanaugh behave like that.
"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.
"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth", Chad Ludington told reporters.
"He was very strong on the fact that he drank a lot, so I don't see where they would find a discrepancy", Trump said.
In refusing to answer another Kavanaugh question, Trump appeared to allude to the nominee by saying: "You talk about being treated harshly".
Two other women have made similar sex abuse allegations against Kavanaugh. "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".
As the fresh review unfolded, the prosecutor who was brought in by Republicans to handle questioning at last week's hearing outlined in a new memo why she did not believe criminal charges would be brought against Kavanaugh if it were a criminal case rather than a Supreme Court confirmation process. "I think it's a very conservative party right now". Speaking on the senate floor on Tuesday morning, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, said Kavanaugh's testimony was riddled with misstatements and inaccuracies, and accused him of having "grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol".
Liberal protesters in Boston and New Hampshire pleaded with Flake to block Kavanaugh's nomination.
Swetnick said in a declaration that Kavanaugh was physically abusive toward girls in high school and was at a house party in 1982 where she says she was the victim of a gang rape.