Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh, wants FBI investigation 'comprehensive'

Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh, wants FBI investigation 'comprehensive'

Chris Coons, a fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member, to craft the agreement to allow space for a brief Federal Bureau of Investigation review.

In an interview on CBS "60 Minutes" over the weekend, Mr. Flake said he would not have been able to reach a deal with Senate Democrats to call for the FBI investigation if he had been running for re-election.

"The former five-term senator from MA also called it incomprehensible" that the Judiciary Committee had not sought to speak with Mark Judge, the friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford identified as the only other witness to her assault.

Some Democratic members of Congress have accused the White House of stopping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses. Jeff Flake traveled to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire on Monday to call for a new kind of politics that rejects the "destructive partisan tribalism" that has infected Washington and prevented elected leaders from tackling the nation's biggest problems.

Flake made his decision after a dramatic confrontation with two female protestors, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who blocked the door of his elevator before the committee meeting.

The Republican senator at the center of the Supreme Court debate is vowing to make sure the FBI does "a real investigation" into President Donald Trump's nominee.

The majority leader had previously said Kavanaugh would be confirmed by October 1, but after four days of hearings into the nominee's background concluded, Democrats released an 11-hour bombshell that disrupted the process: An accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, while they were both in high school.

The allegations have disrupted Kavanaugh's all-but-assured nomination to the Supreme Court and the Republicans' chance to shift the judiciary to the right for decades to come. Flake insisted that he did not think they should have a full vote on Kavanaugh until there was a week-long FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

He may not be the one to challenge Trump in the next presidential election, Flake said at the Boston event.

Earlier in the New Hampshire speech, Flake suggested that rather than consider Democrats and Republicans as two warring factions, they might be better viewed as two organs in the same body.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a "frequent, heavy drinker" at college who staggered, slurred his words and became belligerent and aggressive, a former classmate has said.

"You're a disgusting excuse for a human being, and I don't know how you can live with yourself", another caller said.

"I've been failing my tribe for some time now", he continued. Flake said he may run - either as a Republican or an independent - if no one else does. Mitchell concluded in her memo: "I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

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