White House says not 'micromanaging' Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

Sen. Jeff Flake R-AZ speaks with Sen. Chuck Grassley R-IA Chairman during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting

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But the White House's hand was forced on Friday by the announcement by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake that he would not vote in Kavanaugh's favour without a follow-on probe.

By the end of the day, Flake had, adding a condition to his promise to vote for Kavanaugh.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Kavanaugh said he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the selection process and participated in several background calls with the Senate. But it's hard to forget.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher, a volunteer with a liberal advocacy group.

Asked about Keyser's statement, Ford could only shrug, "Leland has significant health challenges and I'm happy that she's focusing on herself".

Ana Maria Archila, of New York City, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, pauses while being interviewed in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegation.

'A lot of times, you cope by suppressing and forgetting, ' said King, who leads the King University College Republicans.

Not wasting much time, either, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., got a procedural vote, originally scheduled for Saturday, out of the way Friday night to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor.

Leaving the hearing Friday, Sen. Flake, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that as Ford and then Kavanaugh testified before the panel on Thursday, "I saw the food fight again between the parties - the Democrats saying they're going to walk out, the Republicans blaming everything on the Democrats".

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She begged Flake to look her in the eye.

Flake, cornered in the elevator, shifted between looking at them and looking down.

"You may defeat me in the final vote", he said.

On Saturday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department and the FBI to open a criminal investigation into "apparent false statements" that were made to committee investigators alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in 1985.

"We see this horrible, horrible, radical group of Democrats". We're not micromanaging this process.

Ford said Keyser was at the party when the assault happened but was downstairs and did not directly witness the incident. I've heard from close friends and I had no idea.

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. Gallagher confirmed via phone to The Associated Press that it was her, and she consented to the use of her name. He also said that a moment when he was confronted by women who said they had been sexually assaulted "certainly struck a chord".

But the laughter, and the identity of her attacker, Ford said, remained crystal clear. But she expressed confidence that no new information will be uncovered, noting that the allegations did not surface during the judge's six prior background checks for positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. She said she didn't tell anyone before this week.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Boulder attorney John Clune said on Twitter.

"This country's being ripped apart", said Flake, a vocal critic of the president who is not seeking re-election.

"What it tells me is that telling our stories and showing up can actually change their minds", she said.

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