Key U.S. senator concerned about Kavanaugh's 'partisan' tone


Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to rip off her clothes at a drunken high school party 36 years ago.

"I just gave him the brief window to hear his conscience and say we shouldn't do this without a minimally professional investigation into these allegations", Coons said of his role.

Kavanaugh has denied claims of sexual misconduct by three different women. John Kennedy (R-La.), who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, said he thought it ought to be made public before the full Senate votes on the nomination.

"That is a very, very hard standard", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

"I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room", BI quoted Swetnick as saying in her declaration.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Deborah Ramirez also came forward and alleged that Kavanaugh, when he was a student at Yale, exposed himself to her at a party.

Demand Justice, a new group focused on fighting efforts to tilt the USA judiciary to the right, said it was spending $120,000 to air a television ad in Washington, Alaska, Maine and the San Francisco area, where Ford lives.

Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Ford of California, were brought before the committee on September 24 to testify.

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As the fresh review unfolded, the prosecutor brought in by Republicans to question Ford at last week's hearing outlined in a memo why she did not believe criminal charges would be brought against Kavanaugh if it were a criminal case rather than a Supreme Court confirmation process.

Senator Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican who could be pivotal in the confirmation vote, raised fresh concerns about the judge's "partisan" tone at the Judiciary Committee hearing.

Donald Trump defended his pick but conceded that the appeals court judge has had a "bit of difficulty" with alcohol. "There's some speculation that Kavanaugh may not last", the senator said.

If the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe doesn't find anything of note, essentially clearing Kavanaugh of suspicion, 60% of Americans say he should be confirmed.

Napolitano said on Tuesday that the NBC News report is "far more serious" than the Times' story if it's accurate that Kavanaugh was communicating with his ex-classmates in that manner.

"There's a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI's investigation is complete, the finding should be released publicly with any personal information redacted", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. He said he did not want the probe to become a "witch hunt" and that it should be completed quickly. He said he may run - either as a Republican or an independent - if no one else does.

While Trump's press conference was called Monday to discuss the trade deal struck Sunday between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the questioning soon turned to the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination. The email says, "Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered".

Trump said he will talk "later" this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but expressed trepidation that meeting him before the Kavanaugh nomination is settled could interrupt the process. "Or, that the FBI's investigation was not infinite or endless enough for their liking", McConnell said from the Senate floor.