Ford’s Witness Reaffirms Never Being Party with Kavanaugh’s Presence

Ana Maria Archila & Maria Gallagher: 5 Fast Facts

US President Donald Trump has ordered a fresh FBI investigation into sex assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The committee, and the Senate, seemed to be careening toward bedlam.

Quizzed specifically about his encounter with Archila and Gallagher, Flake said the two women may have been motivated by a political agenda when they approached him ― an "agenda. different than mine".

"They can not be dismissed, as some of my colleagues suggest, as merely intemperate rants by Democrats on the committee", Sen.

The Republican-led Senate postponed a confirmation vote for a week while the FBI conducts a limited investigation of the allegations against him by Ford and two other women.

The investigation is being carried out at the request of Senate Republicans, a move that will delay the contentious confirmation process by a week. A Senate committee voted on Friday to approve Kavanaugh's nomination to the top U.S. court.

On Friday evening, Flake met with Coppins to explain why he had the last-minute change of mind. Graham, Cotton and Feinstein all serve on the committee. Other Republicans and Democrats came in and out. However, the senator remained unsure. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Judge's attorney reportedly said his client "will answer any and all questions posed to him" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation "or any law enforcement agency" as part of the inquiry. Others, including Democratic Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, replied that "somebody leaked it". And Flake didn't deny it was one of the factors that made an impression.

Flake added, however, that it had still been a "poignant" moment for him. Jeff Flake told the Senate Judiciary Committee as he proposed the delay.

The Judiciary Committee's chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, mostly stayed out of the discussion, instead sitting awkwardly on the dais as people in the room buzzed about what might be happening behind closed doors.

"I just knew that we couldn't move forward, that I couldn't move forward without hitting the pause button".

"It was anger", Flake said.

"The country is being ripped apart here", said Flake. "What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court", Marchila said tearfully. Lindsey Graham of SC, rallied the GOP - and that all-important audience of one, President Trump - to his side.

In Alaska, Juneau voter Sally Saddler, an independent, said she voted for Murkowski in the past, but likely wouldn't back her again if the Republican senator decides to confirm Kavanaugh.

"But most of all the country needs to feel better about this".

Another wing of the party was just as convinced that Republicans would trigger Election Day doom should they fail to confirm Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Sen. Mazie Hirono deflected a question Sunday about whether she believes Democrats did not strategically leak Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "But this is the first time in Gallup's trend since 1994 that both parties have expressed high enthusiasm", Gallup reported. Red-faced and pointing his finger as he spoke, Graham, R-S.C., almost reached the same heights of anger Kavanaugh displayed in his more than 40-minute opening statement. After initially saying Friday morning he would vote to approve Kavanaugh, Arizona Sen. "Don't look away from me", she said.

Coons said there were some "sharp conversations" as the discussions went on about how partisan the committee had been and how he and Flake wanted to improve on that.

"His reaction shows the power that we have, together, when we chose to tell our stories and stand up for our vision of an inclusive society", she wrote.

But Flake said in today's politics, there's no value to this kind of reaching across the aisle.

According to the report, officials who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity "characterized the White House instructions as a significant constraint on the FBI investigation and caution that such a limited scope, while not unusual in normal circumstances, may make it hard to pursue additional leads in a case in which a Supreme Court nominee has been accused of sexual assault".

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