It's not 'acceptable' if Kavanaugh lied in testimony

Graham Calls for Investigation of Feinstein's Office, Ford's Lawyers

Chuck Schumer of NY, stressed the importance of conducting a "serious, impartial and thorough" FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. For both the judge, and the nation, the stakes are high: If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the swing vote on a deeply divided court. But exactly what day that would be is still unclear.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fuelled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s. "They'll have the opportunity to vote "no" on the politics of personal destruction".

The president denied that his White House is putting limits on what the Federal Bureau of Investigation can look into regarding the three women who have come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and instead said he's just following the wants of Senate Republicans. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers, the Senate last Friday agreed the FBI could investigate for up to a week, meaning its deadline is this Friday. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation could complete its interviews at any time. The Maine Republican is among a few Republican and Democratic senators who have not announced a position on Kavanaugh.

If Democrats win the Senate, Kavanaugh would be a non-starter.

"No Democrat has called for taking more than a week". Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday, giving a hint of the Democrats' strategy.

The New York Times also reported that Kavanaugh was questioned but not charged by police after a 1985 bar fight in New Haven, Connecticut where he was accused of throwing ice on a fellow patron.

The chairman of the committee, Sen.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said Sunday that Sen.

Kavanaugh's confirmation continues to hang in the balance as the FBI investigates the allegation, which Kavanaugh has forcefully denied. "And a man's life is in tatters", Trump said.

However Mr Trump said in response to a reporter's question that it "would not be acceptable" if Mr Kavanaugh had lied to Congress during his testimony.

The Senate has already let several earlier deadlines go by.

Writing to the FBI, attorneys for Professor Christine Blasey Ford said it was "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a thorough investigation without interviewing her.

Trump's taunts could inflame a struggle over power and sex that has consumed the capital in recent weeks and risked alienating two of the undecided moderate Republicans whose votes will decide the fate of his nomination, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. That would open things up for the final Senate debate on the nomination, which can last up to 30 hours. They also have criticized Kavanaugh for his angry testimony about the allegations - which include being present at a gang rape - when he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump told electrical contractors gathered in Philadelphia that his economic policies would translate into more jobs for their ranks as he highlighted a new trade deal among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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