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Hugh Fox
October 1, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to make way for the probe.

The poll, released on Sunday, follows an emotionally charged week in Washington, during which Kavanaugh's once-certain confirmation was jeopardized after three women made allegations against him, including accusations of assault and exposing himself in public in the 1980s. His account has been particularly sought after because, unlike Kavanaugh, Judge has not denied Ford's allegations but has said he has no memory that such an assault occurred.

In an interview published Saturday in The Atlantic, Flake said his refusal to issue a vote on Kavanaugh without a week-long "pause" for an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh was a last-ditch effort to overcome partisan battles that have plagued the confirmation process.

While the precise scope of the investigation remained unclear, Trump told reporters Saturday that "the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise".

Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

On Saturday, NBC News reported that the White House had constrained the FBI investigation by limiting its parameters.

"Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", he tweeted.

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A representative from China who attended the meeting could be seen coughing into his hand and shrugging as the president spoke. The US distributor of China Daily is registered as a foreign agent in the United States under the US Foreign Registration Act.

A short time later, President Donald Trump ordered an investigation. "I wanted to use the word farce, but that's not the kind of investigation that all of us are expecting the FBI to conduct".

According to a letter Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Rhode Island man contacted Rhode Island Sen.

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Don McGahn is the current White House counsel, and a friend of Kavanaugh.

The White House-authorized "limited" FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh's past has barely begun, but Senate Democrats are already complaining about it.

Midway through the Friday Senate Judicial Committee hearing, Flake was cornered by women who said they were sexual assault survivors and pleaded with him to delay the Kavanaugh vote.

"I don't think there's ever been any person who's been under scrutiny like he has".

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But Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, a Judiciary Committee member, doubted how credible the investigation will be given the time limit. Chris Coons for a joint interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday to talk about the dramatic events that led to the Kavanaugh FBI probe.

Swetnick did not identify Kavanaugh or Judge as one of her attackers.

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

Brookes, who also attended Yale, told CNN Thursday that Kavanaugh was "lying" to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his drinking. "Because, what I was seeing, experiencing, in an elevator and watching it in committee and just thinking, this is tearing the country apart", he continued.

Comey said it was very different having a lawyer submit a statement on your behalf to being grilled by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in person.

While the vote on Kavanaugh is postponed, the full Senate is now officially considering Kavanaugh's nomination.

Earlier, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called on the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford said witnessed her assault by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers decades ago.

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Democrats' tactics were "the most unethical sham", he said in a fiery speech. "There should be no vote in the Senate". Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

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