Yale classmate accuses Kavanaugh of ‘blatant mischaracterization’ of his college drinking

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For his part, Trump said Monday he was open to a "very comprehensive investigation" but suggested at different points that the probe would be guided by the wishes of Republican senators and that the FBI could decide whom to interview so long as it was "within reason".

GOP leadership is reportedly hopeful that the FBI will finish its investigation by Wednesday - it has been given a Friday deadline - to set up the process for the Senate to begin its floor votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation this week.

Several US media outlets over the weekend said that the scope of the investigation was being constrained by the White House, reporting that one of Mr Kavanaugh's accusers, Julie Swetnick, would not be interviewed.

"I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", the president tweeted late Saturday.

The Kentucky Republican says Senate Democrats have been opposed to President Donald Trump's nominee from the very start.

Christine Blasey Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in 1982 when they were both in high school.

In Thursday's extraordinary hearing, Kavanaugh vehemently denied the sexual abuse allegations, and also aggressively challenged suggestions he had a drinking problem at the time.

Nine of 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote on Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn, listing 24 people they said should be interviewed by the FBI and urging that the investigation assess all three allegations of sexual misconduct. "The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations", Trump said.

Flake added, "It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example", and said that, "we actually need to find out what we can find out".

"They will not be satisfied unless they have brought down judge Kavanaugh's nomination", McConnell said.

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In all likelihood, the FBI investigation will not answer definitively whether Brett Kavanaugh committed the act of sexual aggression that Christine Blasey Ford has accused him of.

Murkowski is not on the committee, but also has not announced how she will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democrats are raising new questions about the truthfulness of United States supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sworn testimony to the U.S. senate.

He has also denied an accusation from Deborah Ramirez, a classmate at Yale, who said he exposed himself to her at a dorm party more than 25 years ago.

Yale classmate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh accused him Sunday of a "blatant mischaracterization" of his drinking while in college, saying that he often saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption". He has said Keyser believes Ford's account but is "unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question". Ford's emotional testimony that she was sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh at a party proved adequately credible to the committee to call for a postponement of the Senate vote. They don't match - those allegations don't match the Kavanaugh that they knew.

The FBI has been given one week to investigate the claims against Kavanaugh before his nomination is due to be voted on by the entire U.S. senate.

Flake said he would have voted against confirmation if Senate leaders rejected the delay.

While Democrats have said they hope to keep delaying Kavanaugh's nomination until past the mid-term elections and ultimately torpedo his chances, McConnell said on October 1 that a floor vote would, in fact, happen this week. The president formally asked the Bureau on Friday to reopen its background check of the Supreme Court nominee, and that means we are now three days into the probe. For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.

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