Trump says he wants 'comprehensive' FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

Sen. Flake says 'not a chance' he'd ask for FBI probe into Kavanaugh if he wanted reelection

During Kavanaugh's initial confirmation hearing, Booker declared he was having a "Spartacus" moment in breaking committee rules and releasing documents about Kavanaugh, though the papers had already been cleared for release.

"I think the judge has been pretty unbelievable about describing his situation with alcohol and with beer", he said, pivoting to criticize Democratic senators. That investigation is supposed to be completed by Friday.

Mitchell argued that that there were inconsistencies in accuser Christine Blasey Ford's narrative and said no one has corroborated Ford's account.

That's according to Eric Bruce, the attorney for Patrick "P.J". Following her to the witness table, Kavanaugh denied the allegations and angrily defended himself. The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators. "The job of assessing and investigating a nominee's qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone", Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently wrote in a letter to his Democratic Judiciary Committee colleagues. "There's no incentive", said Flake.

The GoFundMe campaign, which is now closed, has raised $528,315 to benefit Ford and her family. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the process.

Voters were also divided on whether Kavanaugh was honest, as 46 percent say yes and 43 percent said no.

"This one, though, has to do with additional evidence that was presented at the hearing - people were named, a diary was used, there were other people who have come forward, other people who have made allegations - all those people will be interviewed as soon as possible", Flagg said.

Trump vowed on Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could interview "whoever they deem appropriate".

"I was, principally, concerned about helping my friend listen to his doubts and his conscience", Coons said of Flake.

The source said Trump made the decision after a conversation with McGahn over the weekend.

"Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him", she said. "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". "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", Trump said Saturday as he departed the White House for a trip to West Virginia.

Speaking at a White House Rose Garden event Monday, Trump told reporters that he continues to support Kavanaugh.

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What will the FBI investigation do?

Inside the White House, strategists view it differently.

Both Flake and Coons agreed that if Kavanaugh is found to have lied to the committee - the judge's nomination will be over. "This is so bad for our country", Trump said.

In a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes", Sens.

The president's eldest son has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator. For one, there's her sheer insensitivity to Dr. Ford as an alleged victim.

Not all his buddies from Yale are challenging Kavanaugh's drinking claims. Rachel Mitchell wrote that she did not believe a "reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee".

Mitchell, a non-partisan third party with more than 25 years' experience prosecuting sex crimes, said in her report there were "glaring inconsistencies" in Ford's claims.

It shows how dramatically unhinged the confirmation process has become from reality that a man with the high character and forthrightness of Brett Kavanaugh would be forced to endure smear after smear from "witnesses" who are less than credible.

But with Republican leadership eager to place another conservative on the Supreme Court, it would be extremely unlikely that they would cooperate with a further delay of confirmation.

Charles "Chad" Ludington says in a statement issued Sunday that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". Noting that Ford did not remember in what house the incident allegedly occurred, or how she left the gatheringand got back home, Mitchell said "her inability to remember this detail raises significant questions".

The FBI has begun investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by an intoxicated Kavanaugh in high school and college, allegations the appeals court judge flatly denies.

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