Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath about 'heavy' drinking, says former university classmate

Posted October 02, 2018

Additionally, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's yesterday released a statement saying he was "deeply troubled" by the nominee's efforts to downplay his drinking in his youth.

President Trump appeared at a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday and, in an illustration of how the Brett Kavanaugh fight has spilled into the midterm elections, said that installing him on the Supreme Court would repudiate "outrageous tactics" on the part of Democratic lawmakers.

Continuing after a brief, somber pause, she said, "I'm a victim of sexual assault". "They're not", he added, explaining that Ford's and Kavanaugh's accounts are mutually incompatible - one says and believes the assault happened, while the other says and believes it did not. "Sometimes I had too many beers", he told the panel.

Nine of 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter on Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and McGahn listing 24 people who they said should be interviewed by the FBI, and urged that the investigation assess all three allegations of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh, shown testifying on September 27, has repeatedly denied any sexual misconduct. "And we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like".

Mr Trump said the parameters of the investigation would be up to the Republican-led Senate.

Democrats have requested copies of all the FBI's witness interviews, and the names of any who decline to co-operate. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.

Ms Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends had tried to "spike" girls' drinks.

President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen.

But the senators whose votes hold the key to confirmation wanted the White House to know they expect those interviews to be a start, not necessarily the full extent of the investigation.

"For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee".

The delay in a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to accommodate the new examination was forced Friday by Republican senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

"They were clearly passionate and determined that I hear them", said Flake about the two activists, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who accosted Flake in an elevator just after he announced that he would vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were teens.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, 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 who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls. Kavanaugh denies that as well.

Two other women have made similar sex abuse allegations against Kavanaugh. Without their votes to confirm the judge, Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate had no choice but to request an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry - a move Democrats had demanded for days.

It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.