Federal Bureau of Investigation reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser

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Federal Bureau of Investigation reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser

Swetnick's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Saturday that his client had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was willing to cooperate with investigators.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

Flake has emerged as a key swing vote in the fight for Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation. In fact, it's the White House that would have to ask the FBI to investigate. Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.

Former FBI officials told USA TODAY the agency has considerable resources to dedicate to special investigations like this.

Mr Kavanaugh would not answer directly when he was asked on Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted. "Hello! For them, it will never be enough - stay tuned and watch!" he wrote.

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like and what the scope of the investigation is", she said.

FLAKE: I don't know if there was any one thing, but I was just unsettled. "And it will - it's not meant to be a fishing expedition".

"He had exchanges with Senator Feinstein, with Senator Klobuchar, with others, that I thought went over a line".

Yet the precise scope of the investigation remained unclear. Dianne Feinstein's office will be investigated to determine whether or not they leaked the confidential letter from Christine Blasey Ford that detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

With a 51-49 majority, Senate Republicans have little margin for error on a final vote, especially given the fact that several Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall announced their opposition to Kavanaugh on Friday.

At Thursday's hearing Blasey Ford said Keyser "has significant health challenges, and I'm happy that she's focusing on herself, and getting the health treatment that she needs".

In a statement, Mr Trump said: "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file". Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegation that he assaulted Ford while they were both in high school, but she said she was "100 percent" certain he was her attacker. Trump continued his defense of Kavanaugh on Saturday, calling him a "good man" who's "one of the most respected" judges. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's allegation. The administration is said to be working closely with Senate Republicans on the matter, and Arizona Sen.

Flake had earlier announced his intention as a Senate Judiciary Committee member to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, despite the allegations against him. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - for a "limited review".

The FBI can not force someone to talk to them as part of the process.

An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the investigation, including how many agents would be assigned and whether it could be completed in a week.

"I don't think anybody expected what happened on Friday to happen".

Graham was referring to an allegation from another woman, Julie Swetnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, saying they were present at the party in the early 1980s where she says she was gang-raped. "The uproarious laughter" between Kavanaugh and Judge, she responded.

"The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning", he said, adding that Ford was credible and courageous.

Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor Republicans hired to question Ford and Kavanaugh, also touched on this date on Thursday in a riveting day of testimony seen by millions, as The Washington Post reported.

Swetnick's accusations, brought forward in a sworn statement by lawyer and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Avenatti, have been treated much more gingerly, including by Democrats, due to a lack of corroboration.

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