FBI contacts Kavanaugh Yale classmate in its investigation

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The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the unfolding investigation.

After a dramatic day-long hearing at which a university professor accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and assaulting her at a party in the 1980s, the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier approved his nomination in a preliminary vote along party lines.

Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah voted to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate on Friday as another GOP colleague, Jeff Flake of Arizona, successfully pushed for a one-week delay before a final vote while the FBI investigates allegations of sexual misconduct.

Senate leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation.

Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed his genitals to her while they were at Yale, is among four witnesses expected to be interviewed by the FBI in an investigation, commissioned by Trump after an intervention from Arizona Republican senator Jeff Flake, that is set to last less than a week.

The reopened FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "a blessing in disguise", President Trump said Saturday - insisting he is not contemplating a replacement for his embattled would-be associate justice.

CNN has previously reported that a source with knowledge of the investigation said the FBI would take its direction from the White House, not the Senate, and that the agency would interview a handful of people. "The FBI, this is what they do".

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, making the votes of Murkowski and Collins crucial.

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Sheldon Whitehouse that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman the resident described as a "close acquaintance" in August 1985. Trump refused to answer repeated questions about whether he thought the three women accusing Kavanaugh are simply lying.

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Trump said this could affect the way others who want to step into higher positions. "I never sexual assaulted anyone", he said. The backdrop for the president's fervent defence of Kavanaugh is his belief that men can be ruined by false accusations.

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Leland Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford since high school, has issued a second letter confirming that she does not know Brett Kavanaugh and that she can not corroborate the claims that Ford has made against the Supreme Court nominee.

"We have not heard anything from the FBI, and with each passing hour, I'm growing increasingly concerned that this is a sham of an investigation".

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the parameters of the probe are based on the wishes of three wavering colleagues - Sens.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition". He said, "I have no memory of this alleged incident ... do not recall the party" and "never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes". Two others, Swetnick and Debbie Ramirez, have publicly come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of other sexual misconduct. With the exception of a few Democrats from red states, who haven't said how they'll vote yet, the minority party is lockstep in opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.

In a sworn statement released Wednesday, Swetnick accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. The White House would then likely share the material with the Senate committee. "Instead, its investigators are expected to pursue the same kind of background inquiry they have conducted on Kavanaugh in the past, focused on the new allegations". And I don't think there's anybody in America who would condone that or be okay with that.

An attorney for Leland Keyser, who Ford says was at the party, was also willing to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but Keyser's attorney has said her client has no recollection of the party where the assault is said to have happened. "I share those concerns and I have to say my good friend Chris Coons is a very good bridger, he really wanted to create a better way to go forward".

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018. "I just want this conducted in a fair way". "She did sign an affidavit, and I think it needs to be looked into, and that's all I'll say".

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