Fitton: There Are No ‘Credible Allegations’ against Kavanaugh

Oscar Cross
October 3, 2018

Flake voted to approve Kavanaugh in the committee's vote on Friday that sent the nomination to the full Senate, but only after he requested that the FBI investigate the sexual misconduct allegations.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democrats' leader from NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

"We also sent you a series of emails and letters in which we identified witnesses and evidence that would likely assist the FBI in its investigation into Mr. Kavanaugh's sexual assault of Dr. Ford and asked you to forward them to the supervisory agent", the letter reads.

Under pressure from Democrats and some moderate fellow Republicans, Trump on Friday ordered an FBI investigation lasting up to a week into the allegations against his nominee. The agency has been interviewing witnesses.

The judge vehemently denies that.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

NBC News reported on Tuesday afternoon, citing a "source familiar with the Trump administration's thinking", that the FBI has no plans to interview Ford as part of the investigation. It was not immediately clear if Kavanaugh dropped out due to anticipation that he would be serving on the Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who said she was assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were teens and who testified to the Senate last week, wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday to say they were concerned the FBI had not sought an interview with her.

"Mr. Judge has said he will cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that is all we are going to say", Van Gelder told Business Insider via email. Senators have said they want the investigation completed by Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, offered a deadpan response. A spokesman for McConnell declined to clarify whether McConnell was referring to procedural votes or a final vote on confirming Kavanaugh.

At the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans accused Democrats of doing everything in their power to delay a confirmation vote.

The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Mr Kavanaugh is confirmed. "The FBI needs to be allowed to pursue all reasonable investigatory steps from the credible allegations in front of the committee", he said. Collins smiled and told her colleague, "Good answer".

The White House - through press secretary Sarah Sanders and others - has dismissed all the allegations against him as old news that had been litigated during the campaign. The bureau has interviewed Mark Judge, one of Kavanaugh's close friends who Ford named as having direct knowledge of the alleged attack.

"We can't have this on the court. We simply can't", Flake told an event in Washington hosted by The Atlantic magazine.

The White House sent out a statement from Dudley, a former National Basketball Association player, supporting Kavanaugh on Monday, where he said he never saw the Supreme Court nominee blackout while at Yale.

"On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail", Ludington alleges in the statement. It will be made available to each Senator.

Trump said he believed Kavanaugh did not lie during his Judiciary Committee testimony about the extent of his drinking in high school and college. "We'll have the opportunity to vote "no" on the politics of personal destruction", McConnell said.

"Is he telling the truth?"

Schumer said that to assert that Ford went public with her allegation for political reasons is "so unfair, is so wrong".

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