Senate Judiciary Committee Votes On Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination

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Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, says agents want to interview her and she's agreed to cooperate.

Democrats for days have been demanding an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, but Republicans had refused to seek one.

Wright said she initially didn't see much of a comparison between Thomas' and Kavanaugh's hearings, but that changed after hearing more about Ford and a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

Ramirez works for the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services.

Shortly after the Judiciary Committee convened Friday, the panel voted down a motion on party lines by Sen. The investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh came at the request of Arizona Republican Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, has already said he will vote against confirming Kavanaugh.

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, says she honored Ford's request for confidentiality, and she did not ask Kavanaugh about the allegations in his confirmation hearings or in a private meeting. But what exactly the FBI will investigate still remains a mystery.

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said typically FBI headquarters will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the US for further investigation and are assigned a quick deadline. "They could wrap everything".

Trump said in a statement that the additional investigation "must be limited in scope" and "completed in less than one week". He has forcefully and categorically denied them. "When the #MeToo movement broke out, I thought about saying it - but I wrote things and deleted it and eventually decided I can't say, "me too". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford is flanked by her attorneys Debra Katz left and Michael Bromwich at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday Sept 27 2018. Blasey testified about her accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh President Trump

He said, "Thank you", but did not respond to questions on whether he believed Dr Ford's testimony. Swetnick is represented by Michael Avenatti, who also represents the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who is suing the president over an alleged affair. Judge said he never saw Kavanaugh act the way Ford had described. While he acknowledges the vote will be close, he now thinks they will get there.

"Don't look away from me", one woman could be heard yelling to Flake.

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations.

While the timing of the floor vote is up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said he would advocate for Flake's request. "They wouldn't say 'we disproved this, they didn't disprove this'".

"Certainly, she was a very credible witness".

Speaking to the American media, she explained the impact of Ford's testimony on her.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher. The bureau can't subpoena records or force witnesses to testify. The FBI may have better luck. "They are just compiling the investigation and reporting on it".

"You're going to be dealing on fading memories, you're going to be dealing on neighborhood canvasses where the accuser is not sure where that neighborhood was".

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