Sen. Joni Ernst says corroboration of Ford's claims against Kavanaugh "wasn't there"

Yolanda Curtis
October 3, 2018

The FBI team examining sexual misconduct claims against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have not yet interviewed his main accuser, her lawyers have said.

"The trauma for a man that's never had any accusation - he's never had a bad statement about him", Trump said, sympathizing with Kavanaugh's experience.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

Trump said he believed Kavanaugh did not lie during his Judiciary Committee testimony about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

Flake voted to approve Kavanaugh in the committee's vote on Friday that sent the nomination to the full Senate, but only after he requested that the FBI investigate the sexual misconduct allegations.

One political consideration looms larger than those issues, according to people familiar with FBI and administration deliberations: If the Democrats win control of the House, lawmakers could launch investigations into exactly what White House and bureau officials said internally about the Kavanaugh matter. Ernst said Tuesday no information has come forward until now to prevent her from voting for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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"We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation and we are working to make sure that that happens", said Sen.

Kavanaugh and Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, where they answered questions about the allegations.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, but it's been reported FBI investigators are only pursuing information behind two of the allegations.

"We're trying to figure out if it's him", he said.

And while Trump has called Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to Congress that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, "credible" and "compelling", he has continued to support Kavanaugh's confirmation and emphatically defend his character. He said he'd held discussions with his Senate colleagues and the White House counsel's office, which is helping to steer the probe.

The FBI was also due to question Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, two people who Ford said were at the gathering of teenagers where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. They called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview all three of the judge's accusers. The New Yorker quotes him denying the allegations-so it seems a fair conclusion he learned of the precise claim from the New Yorker story as it was being prepared for publication.

"Within the last few minutes I sent a letter to Leader McConnell, requesting that we have a briefing for all the senators from the agent in charge of the investigation before the vote", Schumer said.

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Trump was speaking at the "Make America Great Again" rally in support of Mississippi's two incumbent United States senators, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, both Republicans. "Women are very angry", Trump said. One of them is Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was greeted by hundreds of liberal protesters, victims of sexual assault among them, during an appearance Monday in Boston.

We're starting to see arguments like the following: Even if Judge Kavanaugh is innocent, what he said at the hearing, and how he said it, is disqualifying.

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The New Haven Superior Court confirmed it has no records related to this incident and said the records would have been destroyed per its records "destruction schedule".

The president also suggested Kavanaugh should potentially be interviewed.

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