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Republicans fear political fallout from Kavanaugh turmoil | News

Republicans fear political fallout from Kavanaugh turmoil | News Republicans fear political fallout from Kavanaugh turmoil | News
Hannah Rogers | 30 September, 2018, 18:57

Flake, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that as Ford and then Kavanaugh testified before the panel on Thursday, "I saw the food fight again between the parties - the Democrats saying they're going to walk out, the Republicans blaming everything on the Democrats".

"They have free rein".

"You've never forgotten that laughter, you've never forgotten them laughing at you?"

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher, a volunteer with a liberal advocacy group. "And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine", the president said, according to NBC. President Trump would reluctantly authorize one later in the day.

In a separate action involving the FBI, Sen.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Kavanaugh said he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the selection process and participated in several background calls with the Senate.

"I don't need a backup plan", Trump said.

Flake later insisted on the FBI investigation to secure his vote allowing Kavanaugh's nomination to move out of the Judiciary Committee.

A Senate committee voted on Friday to approve Kavanaugh's nomination to the top USA court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House to ask the FBI to conduct the supplemental investigation, which will be "limited to current credible allegations" and must be done by October 5.

With the hearing well underway, Sen.

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said officials at FBI headquarters typically will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the country for further investigation and will set a quick deadline.

Investigators compile information about a nominee's past and provide findings to the agency that requested the background check; in this case, it's the White House.

The Republican senator from Utah wrote that Christine Blasey Ford - the woman who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party they attended in high school - as well as others who attended the gathering have agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation.

Ramirez said the the assault occurred during the 1983-84 school year at Yale University, where they both were students.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations against him during last Thursday's committee hearing.

The previous reports on the possible exclusion of Swetnick had angered her attorney, Michael Avenatti, the same lawyer who represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her claims against President Trump. "I actually think it will be a blessing in disguise", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he departed for a rally in West Virginia.

Horn, a lifelong Republican and frequent Trump critic, described Ford as "the most credible person I have ever seen publicly talk about this".

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