Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Brett Kavanaugh 'belligerent and aggressive' after 'heavy' drinking, ex-classmate says

Bennie Garza | 02 October, 2018, 11:35

Senior Trump administration officials have insisted the White House is not "micromanaging" a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation. The one question I didn't ask is how about the last 20 years? 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.

In last week's hearing, Ford said Judge witnessed Kavanaugh's alleged assault and jumped on top of them as it happened, sending all three tumbling and allowing her to escape.

President Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during a Monday press conference, calling the judge's Senate confirmation process "not fair".

Ford recounted in graphic detail to the Senate committee how Kavanaugh, along with a friend of his, allegedly locked her in a room at a house party and groped her, while holding his hand over her mouth to silence her screams.

The FBI likely faces its share of challenges in this process because of the timing of the revelation of Ford's allegation so late in the confirmation process.

"If you listen carefully. you can practically hear the sounds of the Democrats moving the goal posts", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor on Monday, predicting that Democrats won't be satisfied by the FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations if it turns up no new evidence.

Mr Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

GOP women believe he should be confirmed by 86 percent to just 9 percent who say no, while 86 percent also saying they believed Kavanaugh compared to just 10 percent believed Ford.

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford.

Drinking: Another old classmate said Brett Kavanaugh drank heavily. Charles "Chad" Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was a friend of Kavanaugh's at Yale and said Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker".

He added: "Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did". When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Mr Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.

This undated photo provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence shows Deborah Ramirez. They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge. "The FBI is not tasked to do that".

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday in favor of Kavanaugh's nomination, but a full Senate vote on confirmation was delayed for a week after President Donald Trump bowed to pressure from moderate members of his Republican Party for the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.On Monday, the president, who nominated Kavanaugh to the top USA court, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have free rein to interview any witnesses it deemed necessary.

Another committee member, Sen.

"The compromise that Chris and I struck on Friday is one that I take seriously, and we did it because fairness required us to do it", Flake said. "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said.

Dianne Feinstein of California, have called for the White House to back up its assurances about the FBI investigation by revealing what, specifically, it has written in its instructions. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she is confident in the investigation and "that the FBI will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews".

The committee is also sending to all Senate Republicans a detailed timeline of key events regarding Ford's accusation, including when she first approached her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., with her allegations and the committee's investigative work.

Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

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