Former FBI official: Heres how I would investigate the Kavanaugh allegations

Former FBI official: Here\s how I would investigate the Kavanaugh allegations

Brett Kavanaughs classmate says he lied about drinking

Deborah Ramirez alleges supreme court nominee exposed himself to her in the early 1980s – another Yale classmate says Kavanaugh was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker

Read more Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, called on the White House and the FBI to make available the written directive regarding the investigations scope. In a letter on Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of investigation.

The White House insisted it was not “micromanaging” the new one-week review of Kavanaughs background, but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses. President Donald Trump, for his part, tweeted that no matter how much time and discretion the FBI was given, “it will never be enough” for Democrats trying to keep Kavanaugh off the bench.

The White House insisted it was not steering the FBIs work, in which agents on Sunday interviewed Deborah Ramirez, one of three women who have accused Donald Trumps second supreme court pick of sexual misconduct.

Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm room party when they were at Yale in the early 1980s.

Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested an investigation last Friday — after he and other Republicans on the panel voted along strict party lines in favor of Kavanaughs confirmation — as a condition for his subsequent vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

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When Ramirez spoke to FBI agents, she detailed her allegation, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of a confidential investigation who spoke to the Associated Press. The source said Ramirez also provided the names of others she said could corroborate her account.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Sunday she was confident in the investigation and “that the FBI will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews.” Collins supports the new FBI investigation and is among a few Republican and Democratic senators who have not announced a position on Kavanaugh.

Another Yale classmate came forward, meanwhile, to accuse Kavanaugh of being untruthful in his testimony to the Senate judiciary committee about the extent of his drinking in college.

In his statement, Charles Chad Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale. Ludington said he was a friend at Yale, when Kavanaugh was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.

Yale friend says Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker

On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer, Ludington said. When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive.

FBI agents have interviewed one of the three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarrel over whether the bureau has enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nations highest court.

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While saying youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Ludington said he was concerned about Kavanaughs statements under oath.

A Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughs said he was “deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale” during Kavanaughs defense against sexual assault allegations in the media and at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

In that Senate judiciary committee hearing last Thursday, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh, Dr Christine Blasey Ford, detailed the attempted rape she said happened at a house party in 1982.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Yale 10 Lawrance Hall, the dormitory where Deborah Ramirez says the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when she was a first-year student at Yale in the 1980s. Photograph: Josh Wood for the Observer Ford has not been contacted by the FBI since Friday, according to a member of her team. On Monday morning Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for another woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Julie Swetnick, said his client had not been contacted either.

Brett Kavanaughs ex-classmate Chad Ludington describes him as frequent, heavy drinker

Posting a portion of the statement in which Swetnick says Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present at parties in the same early 1980s years at which drunken girls were gang-raped, Avenatti wrote: It is outrageous that my client has not been contacted by the FBI because [Donald] Trump is instructing them not to. He is trying to ram through a nomination by purposely preventing the truth from being known. This is a threat to our very democracy.

Kavanaughs high school yearbook also appears to contain multiple references to partying and heavy drinking. But the Supreme Court nominee said under oath that they were innocent references to inside jokes that had nothing to do with what the common meanings of those terms typically are.

He added: Be clear: 1. I CANNOT just walk my client into an FBI office. We tried that. They claim they dont have jurisdiction and they refuse to take a stmt. 2. While we may file a criminal complaint, that will have no bearing on any vote due to timing. We will proceed with other options.

In particular, Kavanaugh claims that he was not a heavy drinker when he was young and that he never drank to excess or had gaps in his memory. His former classmates, conversely, have said that they recall multiple instances when Kavanaugh was heavily intoxicated and likely blacked out.

Read more In Boston, meanwhile, hundreds gathered ahead of a speaking engagement in the city by Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who demanded the FBI investigation after voting for Kavanaughs nomination to proceed to the Senate floor.

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Ed Markey, the junior Massachusetts senator, told protesters he was calling for no duration limit on the FBIs work.

The former FBI director, James Comey, weighed in Sunday on the recent firestorm surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the decision to order an FBI investigation into the sexual-misconduct allegations against him.

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We thank the survivors, he said. Dr Ford was empowered and she was courageous. She had nothing to gain and everything to lose. She stepped forward to tell her story. Now others are stepping forward to tell their stories about Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans and Kavanaughs defenders have argued that because the alleged assault happened 36 years ago, Ford may be remembering it wrong, and that it should carry less weight compared to Kavanaughs standing since then.

Bostons mayor, Martin Walsh, also spoke. He wanted to thank Flake, he said, for asking the question but thats your job. Thats your job, to vet the nominee in that committee. The Arizona senator, he said, could now do a very special thing next week and vote against Kavanaugh.

In the crowd, Melissa Tully and Mary Power, both from Hingham, Massachusetts, were holding #stopkavanaugh signs. Tully said she had experienced sexual harassment in college, but nothing compared to what Ford experienced.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein has requested a copy of the directive that was sent to the FBI ordering a probe into Brett Kavanaugh amid reports that the White House placed limits on investigators.

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Feinstein, who is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee which questioned Kavanaugh last week, made the request in a letter sent on Sunday.

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Writing to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI director Christopher Wray, Feinstein also requested that the committee be kept up to date on the probe.

Dianne Feinstein has requested a copy of the directive sent from the White House to the FBI ordering a background investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

Agents are probing claims that Kavanaugh was frequently intoxicated and sexually assaulted women in high school, but there are claims the White House has sought to limit investigators

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She wrote: Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the FBI.

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In addition, if the FBI requests any expansion beyond the initial directive, please provide the names of any additional witnesses or evidence.

According to the New York Times, the FBI initially plans to interview four witnesses, including three people who Kavanaughs accuser – Christine Blasey Ford – says were at a gathering in the 1980s where he allegedly attacked her.

They are Kavanaughs friend Mark Judge, who Ford says in the room when the alleged attack took place; Leland Keyser, a friend of Ford who allegedly attended the party but did not witness the assault; and P.J. Smyth, another guest at the party.

Video: FBI interviews Kavanaughs Yale classmate

The fourth witness is Deborah Ramirez, a student at Yale who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party in their freshman year, the Times reports.

Senate and FBI can still get the Kavanaugh nomination right | TheHill

But missing from the list is Julie Swetnick, who claims she witnessed an intoxicated Kavanaugh mistreating women at high school parties and was present at parties where women were gang-raped.

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