McConnell Triples Down: We're Voting This Week on Judge Kavanaugh

FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its ...

FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its ...

President Donald Trump and the Republicans were quickly criticized after it was announced that the FBI would investigate the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because multiple reports found that the probe would be severely limited in scope and closely managed by the White House. "You can be somebody that was flawless your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something, doesn't necessarily have to be a woman as everyone says, but someone accuses you of something and you're automatically guilty but in this realm you are truly guilty until proven innocent".

"It's a very scary situation when you're guilty until proven innocent", the president told reporters as he departed the White House on Tuesday.

The classmate, Kerry Berchem, prepared a memo about the text messages and attempted to submit them to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 following Kavanaugh's testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the memo.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California college professor, has said Judge was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh has denied claims of sexual misconduct by three different women - Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said that in addition to the allegations the conspiracy-minded accusation Kavanaugh made in last week's session makes him unfit for the top court in the land.

The FBI has initiated its investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh at the direction of the White House after Flake last week - with the backing of Murkowski and Collins - called for a delay in consideration of the nomination so that the FBI could undertake a review.

At least 22 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct between the late 1970s and 2013.

Asked by Yahoo News on Tuesday whether he had a message for young women, Trump responded, "Women are doing great".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

Texts between friends of Kavanaugh suggest that he and his team tried to refute Ramirez's claim before it became public, NBC News reported, citing the messages. Trump did not elaborate.In a statement to media, Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh, said the judge was not truthful about his drinking during his Senate testimony last week and that at Yale, Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" who often got belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

On the Senate floor, he said, "we will be voting this week".

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, says Kavanaugh seems willing to mislead senators about matters big and small to ensure his confirmation.

What else did President Trump say?

"I didn't say that ..." he stammered.

Mr Trump has denied imposing any restrictions, saying he wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to interview whoever they deem appropriate" in its check on his pick for the Supreme Court. I thought what happened was really tough. The email says, "Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered".

At a rally that drew hundreds to Boston City Hall, New York congressional candidate Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez warned Flake and other elected leaders that voters would end their careers should they support Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

He has also denied an accusation from Ms Ramirez, who said he exposed himself to her at a dorm party more than 25 years ago.

"They need to see it all", Kennedy said Tuesday.

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