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White House not micromanaging Kavanaugh probe

White House not micromanaging Kavanaugh probe”

President Trump has said he wants the FBI to conduct a "very comprehensive investigation" into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee - but not a "witch hunt".

"Four witnesses will be questioned in coming days about aspects of the assault accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, according to two people familiar with the matter".

Reports indicated that the White House directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to limit the number of new witnesses to be interviewed as part of the probe into alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party in the early 1980s when they were Yale University students.

"They were clearly passionate and determined that I hear them", said Flake about the two activists, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who accosted Flake in an elevator just after he announced that he would vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Democrats are raising new questions about the truthfulness of Brett Kavanaugh's sworn testimony to the Senate, shifting tactics against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as they await the results of the FBI's background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

"Dr. Ford's account of the alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended-including her lifelong friend", Mitchell writes in the memo, concluding that "Dr. Ford has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault".

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Charles Ludington said he made a decision to speak out because he was "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterisation by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale". She said she was a victim of gang rape, and said both Judge and Kavanaugh were there to witness the incident.

Charles Ludington, who played varsity basketball at Yale and regularly socialised with Kavanaugh, said in a statement that he repeatedly saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption" and even witnessed him once throw a beer in a classmate's face during a dispute.

Julia Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends tried to "spike" girls' drinks. But it was unclear whether the FBI would add Ludington's accusations to the newly reopened background investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, which has been limited in scope and time by the White House and Senate Republicans.

Kavanaugh and Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, where they answered questions about the allegations.

When reporters asked if that should include Michael Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, Trump said, "It wouldn't bother me at all".

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Flake's comments come as the White House insisted it's not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace, partially because I know them", he said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on a handful of key Republican and Democratic senators who have not yet fully tipped their votes. "I think that's the height of hypocrisy".

In remarks he made Saturday before heading to a MAGA rally in West Virginia, Trump said the investigation was expected to be concluded within a week's time. and conclude in less than a week.

Democrats have been alarmed at reports in United States media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation. "Let's see how it all works out, but I'll tell you what, they're trying to destroy a very fine person, and we can't let it happen".

The allegations are far from the first to accuse the judge of being a hard partier prone to aggressive behavior when drunk. He spoke during an interview set to air Monday.

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Ford had decided in August that she would not go public. "A good and honorable man and his family are receiving death threats". Republicans made a counteroffer on Friday of holding the hearing on Wednesday, and having Ford testify before Kavanaugh.



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