Kavanaugh scandal: White House says it is not limiting FBI probe

Kavanaugh scandal: White House says it is not limiting FBI probe

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he wants the FBI to do a "comprehensive" investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, but that he stands by his Supreme Court nominee "all the way".

She said Mr Kavanaugh was "very inebriated", and feared he was "accidentally going to kill me".

President Donald Trump says he'd be fine with the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Mr Trump ordered the FBI to carry out an investigation, lasting up to a week, of the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh after Senate Republican leaders were pressed by moderate senators in Mr Trump's own party.

Senate Republicans have been fuming at Democrats for their handling of a letter from Christine Blasey Ford saying she was assaulted by Kavanaugh when both were in high school.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House counsel Don McGahn, who is shepherding Kavanaugh's nomination, "has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like, and what the scope of the investigation is".

The question is whether the court will take up those issues with the full bench and robust conservative majority Republicans envisioned when Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July.

He said the one thing he wants is speed, because drawing it out is "unfair" to Kavanaugh's family.

Coons said Kavanaugh "went over a line", referencing the heated exchanges between Kavanaugh and Sen.

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There is a sharp contrast between what Kavanaugh said Thursday in a bid to save his nomination and the efforts of the justices to underscore the differences between them and the political branches of government. Left off the list were former classmates who have contradicted Judge Kavanaugh's congressional testimony about his drinking and partying as a student. Democratic strategists have said the sexual misconduct allegations will energize the #MeToo movement and provoke a backlash against Republican candidates. But the memo is clearly aimed at assuaging the concerns of a handful of GOP senators who are on the fence about whether to vote to confirm Kavanaugh and are considering whose story - Ford's or Kavanaugh's - to believe. Stephens has penned op-eds with titles like, "Why I'm Still a Never-Trumper" and "Trump Will Have Blood on his Hands".

Democrats and Republicans have argued about whether a week is enough time to carry out a thorough investigation. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

Democrats have been alarmed at reports in USA media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation. Believe me: "They respect us".

Talk of impeachment comes after a contentious day of hearings on Capitol Hill with testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing him of sexual assault.

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President Trump then ordered a "supplemental investigation", to be completed in a week.

He says Smyth does not have "any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".

I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.

Meanwhile just a block away, the Senate is tied up in fierce partisan dispute over whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to fill the court's ninth seat.

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