Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath about 'heavy' drinking, says former university classmate

Howard TerryOct 02, 2018

President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen.

Ludington said that Kavanaugh had played down "the degree and frequency" of his drinking, and that the judge had often become "belligerent and aggressive" while intoxicated.

The scope of the investigation appeared to exclude Julie Swetnick, who submitted an affidavit last week alleging that she witnessed Kavanaugh at parties in high school where women were drugged and assaulted.

Kavanaugh dodged the question when asked what he considers to be "too many" beers.

Senators, including Republican Jeff Flake, struck a deal Friday that gives the FBI one week to conduct its investigation and deliver its report.

Asked if the F.B.I. should question Judge Kavanaugh, Mr. Trump said, "I think so". Mitchell also noted that Ford did not identify Kavanaugh by name as her attacker in key pieces of evidence, including notes from sessions with her therapist - records that Ford's lawyers declined to provide to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The American people saw the brilliant and really incredible character, quality and courage of our nominee", Trump said, accusing Democrats of attempting to sabotage his nominee to "overturn the results" of the 2016 presidential election.

"If you listen carefully, Mr. President, you can practically hear the sounds of the Democrats moving the goal posts", McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday, comparing the allegations against Kavanaugh to the McCarthy era, when Sen. "We have to allow them to go ahead". "I want it to be quickly, because it's unfair to the family and to the judge".

Kavanaugh's confirmation has been in limbo since an FBI investigation was ordered on Friday to look into sexual assault allegations against him.

The White House insisted it was not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.

McConnell's announcement comes after reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation is expanding its scope into Kavanaugh's personal life.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition".

"I want it to be comprehensive".

Two other women have also come forward: Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as Mr Kavanaugh, says he exposed his genitals to her during a college drinking game.

Charles "Chad" Ludington says in a statement issued Sunday that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker".

Murkowski is not on the committee, but also has not announced how she will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

McConnell, who vowed to confirm Kavanaugh even before Blasey told her story before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, added that the Senate will begin its final votes on Kavanaugh's nomination "this week". As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very anxious about fitting in.

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