White House not 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

White House not 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

A couple of hours after issuing a statement Friday morning indicating that he would vote "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, Republican Senator Jeff Flake surprised just about everyone by reconsidering - sort of. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.

Kavanaugh and Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee both voted to advance the nomination to the full Senate last Friday as another GOP colleague, Jeff Flake of Arizona, successfully pushed for a one-week delay before a final vote while the FBI investigates the allegations. 'Anything like that makes you question how true it is'.

Mr Flake, who had a pained expression when he made his request for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe in the committee after forcing a brief delay in the scheduled vote, was supported by two other Republican moderates, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both of whom have not announced whether they would support Mr Kavanaugh.

Republican leaders said - and Trump ordered - that the new probe be "limited in scope". 'But someone's promotion isn't something that should prompt someone to come forward'.

That sentiment was shared by Sarah Round, 69, a retired elementary school teacher of Newport Center, Vermont, who felt empathy for Ford but not at the expense of Kavanaugh's reputation and future.

'Possibly something happened to her, ' Round said. 'But I think she embellished what happened, or she would have gone to some authority or said something about it years ago'.

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Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, putting his nomination for the high court at risk. Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale, alleged that Kavanugh exposed himself to her at a party .

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Kavanaugh, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has strongly denied the allegations. Republicans like Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who I mentioned earlier, were also on the fence. 'But on the other side, we have laws in this country that protect individuals from being wrongfully accused'.

Keyser's last statement about the matter said she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".

"This was not really a battle of the truth; it was a battle of memories", Kennedy said. She would not charge Kavanaugh and wouldn't even seek a search warrant. Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote if the Senate was evenly split.

Ms. Ford, then 15, said she escaped the two, went down the stairs and out of the house.

"I asked him to swear before God he didn't do it and he did and I believe him", he said.

For his part, Thomas said, "I would have a preferred an assassin's bullet to this kind of living hell that they have put me and my family through". "All I saw was two people in a great deal of pain". They cornered him in a Senate elevator. Lindsey Graham - who gave a fiery defense of Kavanaugh after the judge's testimony Thursday - said Graham's office has received as many women calling in support of Kavanaugh as in opposition. "You see what's happening right now", Trump said.

'I am digging my heels in, and I'm hoping that a lot of conservatives are determined to vote Republican, ' Round said.

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