Jeff Flake Admits FBI Investigation Will Probably Do Nothing

Supreme Court Justice Kagan won’t discuss Kavanaugh

Flake, a frequent Trump critic, said it was important last week to "hit the brakes" on the Kavanaugh confirmation process. "We're right in the middle of events that are swirling around and I just want to leave it at that and make no news with respect to anything I say".

McConnell's remarks come as the two parties battle over the FBI's investigation of allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women when he was a teenager in the 1980s.

The White House insisted it was not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background, but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.

That means that if all Democrats vote against Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican senator oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

During a dramatic Senate hearing last week that featured testimony from Ford, Kavanaugh acknowledged that he sometimes drank too much in high school but said he did not have a drinking problem.

Rachel Mitchell writes in a memo sent to Senate Republicans that she does not believe a "reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee".

Ford, a California college professor, was not questioned as part of a criminal proceeding, but in the confirmation process. Reports also indicate the Federal Bureau of Investigation was told not to investigate Kavanaugh's drinking, even though it is a significant aspect of the accusations of both Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

"Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them", Mitchell claims, according to NBC News producer Frank Thorp V. "If the scope doesn't include my client and the others who have accused Mr. Kavanaugh, how can it be a credible investigation?" Post reporter Emma Brown noted that Ford did not name Kavanaugh as the assailant in these notes. In response to a statement from Kavanaugh in which he insisted that he was focused on sports and academics in school and never drank to excess, Liz Swisher, another former classmate at Yale who now works as a doctor in Seattle, said that his statements were "not credible".

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The Judiciary Committee has now voted to advance Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

This undated photo provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence shows Deborah Ramirez.

NBC News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal previously reported that the White House was constraining the investigation, prompting Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to express concern.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition".

The FBI will be guided by what Senate Republicans want examined, added Trump, who ordered the probe of allegations against Kavanaugh after Senate Republican leaders were pressed by Senator Jeff Flake and other moderates in Trump's own party. Chief among them is the Judiciary's Committee's ranking member, Sen. "I think we all felt as though the country needed to feel that the court was a functioning institution no matter what was happening outside". In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive. But those Republicans have the same goal as Trump: confirming Kavanaugh. Mr Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 margin.

"Except for Mike Pence by the way", he joked, to laughter.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"She stated that she ran out of the house after coming downstairs and did not state that she made a phone call from the house before she did, or that she called anyone else thereafter", the sex prosecutor noted.

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