Senate panel agrees to delay final Kavanaugh vote for FBI investigation – ThinkProgress


The Senate Judiciary Committee will ask the Trump administration to direct the FBI to conduct an investigation into the allegations of sexual assault made towards Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh, an announcement from the committee launched Friday stated.

“The supplemental FBI background investigation can be restricted to present credible allegations towards the nominee and have to be accomplished no later than one week from as we speak,” the discharge stated.

Within the assertion, the committee particularly calls the allegations towards Kavanaugh “credible,” however till earlier Friday afternoon, they deliberate to hurry his affirmation. Their place modified after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) stated he would vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination out of committee Friday however that he wouldn’t help the nominee on a ground vote except the FBI performed an investigation.

“I feel it might be correct to delay the ground vote for as much as, however no more than, one week in an effort to let the FBI… do an investigation restricted in time and scope to the present allegations which are there,” Flake stated Friday afternoon throughout the Judiciary Committee’s assembly.

On Friday morning, Flake introduced he would vote to substantiate Kavanaugh, however appeared to again down considerably after he was confronted by protesters in an elevator forward of the vote. He additionally met privately with some committee Democrats  earlier than his announcement.

“I’ve spoken to some different members on my facet of the aisle which may be supportive as effectively,” he stated of the decision to delay for an investigation. “However that’s my place. I feel that we should do what we will to do all due diligence with a nomination this necessary.”

Three pivotal votes, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV), all introduced after the vote that they agreed with Flake’s choice.

The Judiciary Committee’s transfer to request an FBI investigation comes within the wake of quite a few allegations of sexual assault towards Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, the primary of three girls to return ahead with allegations towards Kavanaugh, says Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a “gathering” in highschool.

Throughout a sworn statement underneath oath Thursday, she stated Kavanaugh compelled himself on her, groped her over her garments, and tried to tug off her clothes. When she tried to scream, he then coated her mouth together with his hand and turned up the music within the room to muffle her cries. She stated throughout her testimony that she believed Kavanaugh would possibly unintentionally kill her.

The second girl who got here ahead, Deborah Ramirez, advised The New Yorker that, at a celebration in school, Kavanaugh thrust his penis into her face towards her needs. A 3rd girl, Julie Swetnick, says she was gang raped at a celebration the place Kavanaugh was current.

Swetnick didn’t instantly implicate Kavanaugh within the assault, however she wrote in a sworn affidavit that Kavanaugh was amongst a bunch of boys with whom she related and that he ceaselessly spiked girls’s drinks or drugged them in an effort to rape them. Kavanaugh has denied all of the claims.

Each Swetnick and Ford say pal of Kavanaugh’s, a person named Mark Choose, was current on the events the place they had been attacked. The Judiciary Committee has refused to subpoena Choose, however his lawyer did announce Friday that if the FBI requested Choose’s cooperation, he would “reply any and all questions posed to him.”

Replace: As CNN’s Jeff Zeleny first reported, President Trump directed the FBI to finish a supplemental background investigation into the allegations towards Kavanaugh.





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