Trump Passes Buck To Senate For Restrictions On Kavanaugh Probe

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"They were clearly passionate and determined that I hear them", said Flake about the two activists, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who accosted Flake in an elevator just after he announced that he would vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

"I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me", she said.

Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee made public late on Sunday a previously unreleased interview with Kavanaugh from September 26, before a public hearing with Ford, in which he denied all the allegations against him and committee Democrats declined to ask questions, saying they felt the FBI should investigate the allegations.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway yesterday conceded that the review was meant to be "limited in scope".

"NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people", Trump wrote on Twitter.

One of those, Sen.

But Ludington said he "cringed" when he watched Kavanaugh describe his drinking on a Fox News TV interview and in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"It wouldn't bother me at all", Trump said of a possible Swetnick interview.

Senator Chris Coons was the most vocal advocate of a one-week check a few days later, during the committee's hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

"The country needed to see this, as well, that we've taken this very seriously", he said.

The White House on Friday directed the FBI to undertake a one-week investigation of the accusations at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I'm guided by the Senate".

"I think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should interview anybody they want but within reason", Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. "But about half of voters say Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the target of a smear campaign", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the QU poll.

He says: "I don't want to talk about plan b".

But then he added, "The third one I don't know much about". "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like", Sanders said. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

He also said he believes Mr Kavanaugh did not lie during his testimony to the Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

Mitchell, whom GOP senators selected to handle the questioning in last week's hearing with Ford and Kavanaugh, is a registered Republican who is chief of the special victims division of the Maricopa County attorney's office in Phoenix.

"What I said is let the Senate decide", Trump explained. I was surprised at how vocal he was about he fact that he likes beer ... This raises obvious concerns about how serious the investigation is being taken - and whose interests it's seeking to protect.

Trump says he's still hopeful that Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate and that he doesn't want to discuss alternative nominees.

"I have to put myself in that spot, and you can understand why [Kavanaugh] was angry", said Flake of the man who stood accused of sexual assault, including multiple gang rapes - with nary a scintilla of corroborating evidence.

Trump continued to lament the effect of the scrutiny on Kavanaugh's family.

"What his wife is going through, what his attractive children are going through, it's not describable", Trump said.

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.

He lashed again at Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on July 30.

"The court's strength as an institution in American governance depends on people believe in it having a certain legitimacy ... that it is not simply an extension of politics", she said.

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