Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its investigation

FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its investigation

Trump and the Republican leaders had little choice but to ask Trump to order the FBI inquiry after Senator Jeff Flake (Republican-Arizona), said he would not vote to confirm him without an FBI investigation first.

The FBI has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior when they were in college, in its background investigation of the Supreme Court nominee, her lawyer has confirmed to CNN.

The FBI had already completed a background check on Kavanaugh, and it was unclear what the parameters of the new inquiry would be. The investigation will be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and must be completed within a week, the committee requested. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke" and Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations.

"A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts", Debra Katz, Ford's attorney, said in a statement. Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's identified by Blasey and another accuser at the scene of the episodes, said through a lawyer that he would cooperate with investigators. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted this afternoon to send the Kavanaugh nomination to the Senate floor on a party-line vote.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, said in an email to Reuters that his client has not been contacted by investigators.

The bureau has looked at Kavanaugh six times in the past, but it has never investigated the specific accusations raised in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Testifying after Ford, Kavanaugh denied ever attacking her in an emotional rebuttal. On Thursday night, he attacked Democrats, saying they have a "search and destroy strategy" and said "this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct and resist". "He's a great judge", Trump said. The Kentucky senator feared it could not only heighten the tension around the delicate Kavanaugh proceedings but could endanger Republican control of the Senate. "Very professional. I'm sure it will all be very good", said the President.

Taking stock of the week, Jennings noted that the president, by week's end, "has been pretty helpful".

Flake was supported by two other Republican moderates, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both of whom have not announced whether they would support Kavanaugh. "The president was striking the tone".

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