Federal Bureau of Investigation can question 'anybody' about Kavanaugh
- Author: Tracy Klein Oct 02, 2018,
Oct 02, 2018, 8:36
President Donald Trump suggested Monday some of the Democrats questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had their own private behavioral issues, saying they were "not angels" and specifically calling out one he had seen in "very bad situations".
It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.
Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that 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.
"Democrats are willing to do anything and hurt anyone to get their way, like they are doing with Judge Kavanaugh". Still, it confirmed that Ford lacks corroboration for her claim, credibly presented last Thursday at an open hearing, that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes, and stifled her attempted screams with his hand when they were both teenagers in 1982.
Voters were also divided on whether Kavanaugh was honest, as 46 percent say yes and 43 percent said no. One example - Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she saw Judge at a Safeway where he was working "six to eight weeks" after the alleged assault.
Charles Ludington said that he was "deeply troubled" by the judge's "blatant mischaracterisation".
Ludington said in his statement that he witnessed Kavanaugh throw a beer in a man's face once for making a semi-hostile remark, "starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail".
"When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive", Ludington said in his statement to The Post.
Kavanaugh and Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, where they answered questions about the allegations.
In a separate report, NBC quoted a senior United States official and a second source as saying the limits imposed by the White House on the inquiry remained in place, despite Trump's tweet. "I had one of those conversations just five minutes ago to make sure that. any current credible allegation that has been made is fully investigated".
"There are multiple allegations now in front of the committee, and I think it is not hard to figure out the universe of witnesses", said Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), one of the senators who brokered a last-minute deal that led to the FBI investigation.
"I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace, partially because I know them", he said. I would be a hypocrite to think so.
Trump pledged in a White House Rose Garden press conference that he would not constrain the FBI's inquiry but he also so far has not released the written scope of work that lays out the assignment to the bureau.
Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine". Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
The third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. "When and if we do, we will promptly disclose to them all information and witnesses in our possession", Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Swetnick, said on Saturday on Twitter. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat, said he planned to vote against Kavanaugh, and that the investigation's scope and duration should not be limited.
On Monday, Durbin announced that the 10 biggest hospitals in Chicago have teamed up to set goals to reduce gun violence.