Flake vows to vote 'no' if Kavanaugh lied


Last week, a triumvirate of Republican senators - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - vowed to withhold support for the nominee unless the White House allowed a supplemental background check into claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from California university professor Christine Blasey Ford.

On Monday, his lawyer Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder said Judge had been interviewed "but his interview has not been completed".

Kavanaugh has denied claims of sexual misconduct by three different women. Mitch McConnell, saying lawmakers should have a chance to digest and talk about the report before they have to decide on the judge's fate.

BOSTON The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive debate over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick was set to address New Hampshire voters today ahead of a possible run for president. The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that he never sexually assaulted anyone, including Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday that barring any new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation she intends to vote to confirm.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, expressed concern to reporters that releasing the report from an FBI background investigation to the public could dissuade people from speaking with investigators in the future.

Mr Kavanaugh denies the allegations against him.

Emphasis mine. Kavanaugh had heard that Ramirez - a person whom he described in that same Senate testimony as "friendly, not friends" - had been calling around to Yale classmates to get some people to refresh her recollection about something.

Ms Ford shared her allegation at an extraordinary congressional hearing last week that also included Mr Kavanaugh's angry and emotional denial. Kavanaugh's testimony that didn't find out what the specific allegation was until the New Yorker published it certainly fits within this testimony.

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The confirmation vote for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh may come by the end of this week.

Sen. Flake and Senators.

President Trump stands firmly with the accused.

In a White House press conference overnight, the USA leader sought to excuse excessive drinking by teenagers, while going beyond Kavanaugh's own testimony on his past use of alcohol to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

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

He said the Democrats are undermining Kavanaugh's credibility and are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to submarine his agenda.

But questions about the investigation's expansiveness mounted as additional witnesses came forward with accounts they wanted to present to the FBI about Kavanaugh's behavior. He pledged that the full Senate would begin voting on Kavanaugh's nomination this week.

The White House aides and allies said Tuesday that they remained optimistic Kavanaugh would be confirmed but frustrated with the delay on a vote. She also said that she was one of the victims, reported Business Insider. "He shouldn't need an FBI investigation to believe Dr. Ford's powerful allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh-this isn't a criminal investigation, it's a job interview", said Emily Comer.

What she's said: "It is reassuring to the public", Collins told The New York Times over the weekend. In a statement, Ludington said a group of friends had been staring at the man they said looked like Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40, the band they had just seen.