Kavanaugh exhibited troubling 'partisanship' last week, says Sen. Coons

Cristina Cross
October 3, 2018

Trump again defended the conservative judge, who would help tilt the highest court to the right for years to come, saying that Kavanaugh had been open during Senate testimony about his liking for beer as a young man.

Barbara Van Gelder, Judge's lawyer, confirmed the interview had been completed but declined to say exactly when it ended or what Judge was asked.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the judiciary committee hearing last week. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of physically and sexually assaulting her at a party in the Maryland suburbs outside Washington, DC, when they were both in high school.

Trump made the remarks at a freewheeling rally that comes as the FBI investigates allegations that the embattled Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted female students while in high school and college.

US President Donald Trump hit back Sunday at suggestions his administration is trying to "micromanage" the FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing opposition Democrats of being interested only in obstruction.

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■The stories about the expansion of the investigation broke after Trump said at a midday news conference on Monday that he wanted the FBI probe "to be comprehensive, whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority".

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from September 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate.

People who Ramirez says were in the room were among the more than 20 names Ramirez provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to talk to, but her attorney posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he had no indication any had been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote. Kavanaugh has strongly and unequivocally denied it. They looked around and asked questions, he said, and then Dudley was put in a squad auto and taken to jail.

Kavanaugh first testified for his confirmation hearing before lawmakers on the committee almost a month ago - September 4.

At the hearing, however, Rhode Island Democratic Sen.

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His remarks appear to contradict Mr Kavanaugh's own claims that he wasn't a heavy drinker.

A wild card in all of this is President Donald Trump, the man who nominated Kavanaugh. Many see her as the most likely Republican to flip and vote against Kavanaugh.

Democrats have seized most recently on Kavanaugh's indignant, emotional testimony before the Judiciary Committee to question whether he has the temperament for a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. "There have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable".

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation. Her vivid, specific and heartbreaking account invited contrast with the angry bickering over Senate rules and procedures by lawmakers, as well as Kavanaugh's subsequent combative testimony. "But I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!"

Rallies are being organized every day this week outside Collins' district office in Portland, Maine, said Amy Halsted, co-director of Maine's People's Alliance.

The FBI has "free reign", Mr. Trump said. Afterward, Mitchell told Republican senators in a memo that a "reasonable prosecutor" would not bring charges against Kavanaugh based exclusively on Ford's testimony. But he also said Senate Republicans are determining the parameters of the investigation and "ultimately, they're making the judgment".

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