Senate will vote this week on Kavanaugh, McConnell says

02 October, 2018, 00:06 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..." Prior to nominating an individual to a judicial or executive office, the White House orders the FBI to conduct a confidential background investigation.

CNN has previously reported that a source with knowledge of the investigation said the FBI would take its direction from the White House, not the Senate, and that the agency would interview a handful of people.

But the White House has denied "micro-managing" the review.

President Donald Trump on Saturday turned his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh into a rallying cry for Republicans to vote in November, saying they can reject the "ruthless and outrageous tactics" he says Democrats used against the judge.

One of those, Sen.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations, but the Senate directed the FBI to investigate them for up to a week. "They should interview, but they should be guided by what the senators are looking for".

Of course, a Senate confirmation hearing is not a criminal trial, which Mitchell acknowledged. He said that voting for Mr. Manchin would be tantamount to "empowering that same group of radical, liberal obstructionists-the ones you saw in the Senate circus this past week".

President Trump ordered the inquiry on Friday at the request of a Senate committee.

"It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation's most powerful judges".

Swetnick's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said Saturday that his client had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was willing to co-operate with investigators.

"I think that will be the scope of it". "Now, I don't know all three of the accusers". He also said he had heard that Swetnick isn't very credible.


Trump appeared in Wheeling a day after he reversed course and ordered a new FBI investigation of Kavanaugh. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers. Trump also said he believes Kavanaugh did not lie during his Judiciary Committee testimony about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

Immediately, Republican challenger Mike Braun issued a statement critical of Donnelly, while reiterating his own support of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democrats are concerned investigators will not examine Kavanaugh's drinking habits.

Trump said he does not think Kavanaugh is vulnerable in that regard. A slim majority of white voters, 51 percent, say Kavanaugh should be confirmed, while 81 percent of black voters and 65 percent of Hispanic voters say he should be rejected.

Trump continued to lament the effect of the scrutiny on Kavanaugh's family. "What his lovely children are going through is not describable".

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also has not announced how she will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

He lashed again at Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received a letter from Ford in July but took no action because Ford had asked for it to be confidential.

Grassley said the committee had to waste resources tracking down the claim by the man, who said Judge Kavanaugh raped one of his friends back in the 1980s.

In one of his more curious comments during the news conference, Trump suggested that a Democratic senator has problems with alcohol.

However, the administration made clear there would be limits. Still, in the memo released late Sunday, she wrote, "the world in which I work is the legal world, not the political world".

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