U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he wants the FBI to do a "comprehensive" investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, but that he stands by his Supreme Court nominee "all the way".
When asked about Judge Kavanaugh's drinking habits during a news conference on Monday, Mr Trump said he thought his answers during the hearing were "excellent".
US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 27, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Two Trump administration officials said Sunday that the White House had not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh but was also opposed to a "fishing expedition" that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility and behavior. An attorney for Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Saturday night.
Judge, a recovering alcoholic, called the allegations "so weird that, even while suffering from my addiction, I would remember actions so outlandish".
Outside his home on Monday, Prof Ludington told reporters "unequivocally" that Judge Kavanaugh "has not told the truth" in denying the possibility that he blacked out from drinking.
"Then I think we'll have evidence and information we can use", he said. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat, said he planned to vote against Kavanaugh, and that the investigation's scope and duration should not be limited.
Senators, including Republican Jeff Flake, struck a deal Friday (Sept 30) that gives the FBI one week to conduct its investigation and deliver its report.
"Whether you are for or against Judge Kavanaugh going to the Supreme Court, it will only benefit the country if the investigation is regarded as fair, clear and not constrained, particularly by partisan means", Mr. Schumer said. He said agents must brief senators on what they learned before the Senate takes any final vote on Judge Kavanaugh. The man who has been accused of sexual assault himself and was caught boasting of groping them on an errant "Access Hollywood" hot mic, blasted Senate Democrats by saying he "knows them" and "they are not angels".
USA media reports earlier suggested the White House wanted to restrict the inquiry into Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
"There are multiple allegations now in front of the committee, and I think it is not hard to figure out the universe of witnesses", said Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), one of the senators who brokered a last-minute deal that led to the FBI investigation.
The White House insisted it was not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.
The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed. "We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation", Sen.
Ramirez detailed her allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were students at Yale University. The FBI thus far apparently has failed to approach a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, whose allegations are the most extreme.
Julia Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends tried to "spike" girls' drinks.