Senate panel refers "apparent false statements" about Kavanaugh for criminal investigation

Oct 01, 2018, 01:00
Senate panel refers

A man who falsely accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of raping a friend on a boat in Rhode Island has been referred to law enforcement for criminal investigation, officials said on Saturday. But shortly after Trump's denial, the New York Times confirmed that the White House has provided the FBI a list of witnesses it can interview and is restricting the scope of the investigation. It was not clear that agents had yet interviewed Ramirez.

President Trump says the FBI will have "free rein" in their investigations. Ramirez has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.

What other allegations does Kavanaugh face?

The FBI has started investigating Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers.

"I don't need a backup plan", Trump said.

The four-paragraph letter, addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Sen. He decried the confirmation process as a "circus".

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Flake, who prompted the new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe by threatening to withhold his vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said in a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday that he found Kavanaugh's testimony Thursday to be "partisan" at times and that "his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp".

Investigators compile information about a nominee's past and provide findings to the agency that requested the background check; in this case, it's the White House. Committee spokesmen did not return a request for comment to elaborate on what specifically those allegations are.

Wallace wondered how Ford's testimony could be so compelling and yet "so wrong" about Kavanaugh.

In the closing of his letter, Carlson wrote, "Respectfully, the Senate should recognize that a thorough FBI investigation will demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court that is above reproach".

The man tweeted, "Do [Sic] everyone who is going insane about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake".

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation. "However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question".

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President Trump's Supreme Court nominee spoke hours after Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath that Kavanaugh had groped and attempted to rape her at a high school party.

In a sworn statement released Wednesday, Swetnick accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

"I listened closely to both her and Judge Kavanaugh".

"I can say about Ms. Ford, I feel sorry for her, and I do believe something happened to her, and I don't know when and where", Graham said. "I just want it to work out well for the country".

Brett Kavanaugh came out swinging against Democrats in a remarkable opening statement during Thursday's historic Senate hearing.

Trump has now determined that he and he alone will be the sole arbiter of whether a woman's claims of sexual assault and misogyny are credible. Evidence of any substance abuse problems could color a claimant's accusation, but the FBI notably does not make any conclusions about the credibility or significance of an allegation in a background investigation report. While many of those individuals have acted in good faith in providing the Committee information during the investigation, unfortunately it appears some have not.

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