Flake pushes for real investigation of Kavanaugh allegations

Democrats question Kavanaugh’s credibility, temperament

Flake pushes for real investigation of Kavanaugh allegations

Ana Maria Archila, one of the woman who confronted Sen.

An event featuring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake that was due to be held in Boston has been relocated for safety reasons due to a planned protest related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The White House has authorized the F.B.I.to expand its abbreviated investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh by interviewing anyone it deems necessary as long the review is finished by the end of the week, two people briefed on the matter said on Monday...

As the FBI investigates, a former Yale University classmate accused Kavanaugh of not being truthful about the extent of his drinking during his younger years.

He added: "Sometimes I had too many beers, sometimes others did". After saying he'd vote to confirm Kavanaugh, Sen. But he drew an immediate parallel to the Kavanaugh controversy when he referenced pushback he received when he called for his Senate colleagues to hear both Kavanaugh and Ford with an open mind.

In a statement released Sunday, a Yale University classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale".

On the other hand, strategists have reportedly urged a light tread around Flake despite the frustration his sudden about-face caused on Friday. The stunning drama that unfolded last week - the highlights of which were Ford's gut-wrenching testimony of what she said happened to her 36 years ago and Kavanaugh's pained denial - has laid bare the hyperpartisan battle over what is supposed to be the least partisan branch of government.

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The Democrats are doing irreparable harm in the name of their own political agenda and have made victims of Judge Kavanaugh and his family, Ms. Ford and all of us, the American people.

Flake said he would ensure it's a "real investigation", by the FBI as Democrats demanded that Trump give them a full readout of his instructions to the agency. That review is allowed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh by up to seven days.

"No, not a chance", Mr. Flake said.

"There's no value to reaching across the aisle", Flake said, elaborating on his answer. But he also acknowledged that it may further complicate matters.

"I said the day before on the floor of the Senate, we may not have any more certainty after the hearings, and that's how I felt. That's about the level of care that we are now bringing to the proceedings", he said.

The investigation is not an expansive criminal probe but an additional background check on Kavanaugh. It is also unclear where the interview took place or what the Federal Bureau of Investigation will do with the information Ramirez gave them.

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