Hirono Criticizes Conduct of FBI Investigation Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Hirono Criticizes Conduct of FBI Investigation Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Hirono Criticizes Conduct of FBI Investigation Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Flake has emerged as a key swing vote in the fight for Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation.

American Bar Association President Robert Carlson wrote a letter to ranking members on the panel calling for an FBI investigation.

Investigators compile information about the nominee's past and then provide findings to the agency that requested the background check - in this case, the White House.

Kavanaugh's drinking history, the source said, which has come up in the allegations, is not part of the probe, which was being managed by the FBI's security division at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "Or did he see Kavanaugh engage in it?" Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

"I've talked to Judge Kavanaugh", Kennedy said.

While the precise scope of the investigation remains unclear, Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday that "the FBI have free rein".

The committee proceeded to vote in favor of advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor on a party line vote with all Republicans voting "yes" and all Democrats voting "no".

But Mr Flake, after urgent consultations with colleagues including Democratic Senator Chris Coons, cast the vote only after asking the Republican-led panel to request that the Trump administration pursue an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe lasting up to seven days of the explosive allegations against Mr Kavanaugh.

"The FBI has a job to do and that is to find the truth and present it", he said. "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. "It's meant to last one week, I believe beginning last Friday".

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate terms and what the scope of the investigation is", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News Sunday, referring to the FBI's probe of sexual assault allegations against the judge by Dr. Christine Blassey Ford.

Democrats urged the FBI to investigate Swetnick's claims and voiced concern that the White House may be narrowing the scope of its work.

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The agency can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations.

The inquiry was ordered a day after a tumultuous Senate hearing in which Kavanaugh fiercely and tearfully denied the claims by Ford, a California college professor, that he had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

"It's not a meeting of the #MeToo movement", she told CNN.

A lawyer for Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford, said she will "cooperate fully" with an FBI investigation, according to CNN. Kavanaugh's nomination also becomes even more controversial since he was President Trump's pick to join the United State's highest court.

Trump has called Ford a "credible witness", but has expressed outrage over the allegations against Kavanaugh and has stood firmly behind the nominee. Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.

Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) charged Sunday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart.

"There were no winners in the hearing room", he said.

"I think the allegation that she makes is outrageous and not one Democrat mentioned it", he told ABC's This Week.

Deborah Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and shoved his penis in her face at a dorm party while they were students at Yale University.

In a USA Today op-ed posted Saturday, Archila further emphasized her position on Kavanaugh and why she confronted Flake.

Blumenthal said he was riveted by Ford's testimony and wanted to hear from the other person alleged to have witnessed the assault.

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