Trump orders FBI to reopen background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Saul Bowman
September 30, 2018

"You're basically knocking on doors and doing neighborhood canvasses and looking at the suitability and fitness for office of future FBI agents, of people who are undergoing a five-year re-investigation to maintain a top secret clearance, and for judicial nominees, like Kavanaugh", said retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst.

"Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

"Jeff Flake crumbled", Carlson said, noting that Sen.

"It could help Judge Kavanaugh move forward with less of a cloud over him, or it could make it clearer that he is unfit to serve", the senator said.

Coons told "GMA" he believes Flake's earlier encounter with two women upset about his initial support for Kavanaugh also played a part in the senator's decision.

The bureau has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's who alleges that he shoved his genitals in her face at a party where she had been drinking and become disoriented. "The Senate should not delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh another day". "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump said in a statement.

Swetnik claimed that she was raped by such a group at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge were present. She testified under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.


Kavanaugh has denied that he sexually assaulted psychologist and professor Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers.

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and staff surround Sen.

After Kavanaugh was approved on an 11-10 party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee said it would request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez, and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Ramirez's attorney, John Clune, said in a statement. The FBI, however, can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations for that matter.

There's new reporting today on the FBI's supplemental investigation into Brett Kavanaugh ordered by President Donald Trump yesterday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) praised Kavanaugh as "one of the most qualified and most impressive Supreme Court nominees in memory".

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