Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation

Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation

Brett Kavanaugh's future hangs in the balance as FBI begins investigation

The encounter on Friday morning between Archila, a second woman and Republican Senator Jeff Flake, has already become an iconic moment in the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. "The White House has been very actively engaging the Senate", he said.

"A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts", attorney Debra Katz said in a statement released Friday evening.

The contentious committee vote to advance the nomination to the Senate floor was secured after Jeff Flake, a key Republican senator casting the deciding vote, provided support for Kavanaugh on condition the Trump administration order an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

On Friday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, though Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who asked for a delay of up to a week before the full Senate decides the judge's fate. Avenatti noted: "I don't know how this investigation could be called complete if they don't contact her". Kavanaugh has emphatically denied all allegations against him.

Ms. Keyser was among Ms. Ford's best friends at Holton-Arms, the all-girl private school in Bethesda not far from Mr. Kavanaugh's boy-only Georgetown Preparatory.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the committee, has said he believes Ford's allegations are true and that there should be an FBI investigation prior to a vote. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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Kavanaugh has also been accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez , a woman with whom he went to college. Avenatti says that there are other corroborating witnesses, but they have not been made public at this time.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

A supplemental background check into Ford's allegations could also widen beyond witness interviews to include an investigation into a gap that Ford has admitted to in her story: the date of the party.

Three women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Flake wanted the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before moving forward with the confirmation hearing.

He added that Trump "is invested in Judge Kavanaugh's success and as a result, he is talking about it. Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land, one woman said", one woman said. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Democratic Sen. Trump can afford to lose the vote of only one senator in his own party if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence casts a tie-breaking vote. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to subpoena Judge, who had said he does not want to be part of a committee hearing.

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