Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts second woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Officials: White House not micromanaging Kavanaugh probe

In recent days I have become deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale.

FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in "inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s", her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..."

Several US media outlets over the weekend said that the scope of the investigation was being constrained by the White House, reporting that one of Mr Kavanaugh's accusers, Julie Swetnick, would not be interviewed.

An undated photo provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence shows Deborah Ramirez. who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual impropriety when at Yale.

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With the investigation underway, Senate Republican leaders appear intent on moving forward with the nomination as swiftly as possible.

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she is confident in the investigation and "that the FBI will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews".

Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor, said not only wouldn't she bring a criminal case based on Ms. Blasey Ford's account, but she also doubts it would even be a winning case in a civil suit, where the standards of proof are lower.

Heitkamp, meanwhile, noted that Trump himself called for a "broader" FBI investigation into the allegations.

"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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said oversight of the investigation belonged to the Senate. "I think it's a very conservative party right now".

NBC News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal previously reported that the White House was constraining the investigation, prompting Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to express concern.

It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace, partially because I know them", he said. "Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is out of committee".

Trump said it "wouldn't bother me" if FBI investigators talked with all three women who have leveled allegations about sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh - allegations which the federal appeals court judge has denied - or pursue whatever other avenues they deem appropriate.

In his testimony to the judiciary committee Thursday, Kavanaugh denied ever blacking out from drinking.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said Sunday that testimony would be taken from Ramirez and Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who has been named by two of three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat, said he planned to vote against Kavanaugh, and that the investigation's scope and duration should not be limited. Judge has also been accused by professor Christine Blasey Ford of being an accomplice to Kavanaugh during a separate alleged sexual assault.

An attorney for Elizabeth Rasor, a college girlfriend of Judge's who has alleged he once told her that he and other boys took turns having sex with a drunk woman during high school, told The New Yorker that she had "received no substantive response" from the FBI after making Rasor's desire to speak with the FBI clear to both the bureau and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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