Overshadowed by Kavanaugh drama, new Supreme Court term looms

Supreme Court Justice Kagan won’t discuss Kavanaugh

Supreme Court Justice Kagan won’t discuss Kavanaugh

"I wonder - could you have done this if you were running for re-election?"

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Leaving the hearing on Friday, Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

"I think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should interview anybody that they want, within reason", Trump added, including all three accusers as well as Kavanaugh himself. It was now a question about the future legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself; whether one of the three branches of government would retain a semblance of apolitical credibility in hyper partisan times.

Last Friday, Mr Trump ordered a one-week delay in a vote on Mr Kavanaugh so that the FBI could investigate the sexual misconduct claims. The Intercept, which first reported the allegation, has also denied Ms Feinstein's office was its source.

"It has to be well beyond the initial very narrow scope of four witnesses, four individuals being interviewed", Coons said. James Roche said Kavanaugh was a "notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk".

The White House on Friday directed the FBI to undertake a one-week investigation of the accusations at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The person familiar with Ramirez's questioning, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said she also provided investigators with the names of others who she said could corroborate her account.

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He's trying to play this game he loves and all the sudden, this happens again". "Give him a little slack". This is a very, very hard moment that most people would never understand what it's about, " Carroll said.

But she declined to discuss the ongoing confirmation process for Kavanaugh.

"None of us wanted to look as if the court couldn't do its job", she said.

Speaking at a White House Rose Garden event Monday, Trump told reporters that he continues to support Kavanaugh. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

He said the one thing he wants is speed, because drawing it out is "unfair" to Kavanaugh's family.

The sex crimes prosecutor who questioned a California women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is explaining why she would not bring criminal charges against the Supreme Court nominee.

Mr Kavanaugh and another of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that testimony would be taken from Ramirez and Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who has been named by two of three women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is disputing Kavanaugh's characterization of his drinking while in college.

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