Republicans’ prosecutor for Kavanaugh hearing says she wouldn’t lay criminal charges

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"It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation's most powerful judges".

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations, but the Senate directed the FBI to investigate them for up to a week.

"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said, stipulating that he wanted "speed".

"Dr. Ford has named three people other than Judge Kavanaugh who attended the party- Mark Judge, Patrick "PJ" Smyth, and her lifelong friend Leland Keyser (née Ingham)".

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Sunday the investigation would start off with interviews with only four people. Trump also said he believes Kavanaugh did not lie during his Judiciary Committee testimony about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

The FBI isn't pursuing a criminal investigation into Kavanaugh.

At times in the memo, Mitchell seems to echo Kavanaugh's defense against Ford's charge, such as when she wrote that the "alleged assault has not been corroborated by anyone she identified as having attended-including her lifelong friend".

No matter what Mitchell thinks, many agree that Kavanaugh's behavior during the hearings was so volatile and disrespectful that his actions alone proved Dr. Ford's testimony was true. The prosecutor wrote that Ford's accounting of when the incident took place has been inconsistent.

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Kavanaugh had denied the accusation, and both he and Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone, ' Kavanaugh said on Thursday. Ludington said he often saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption", and said he often became "belligerent and aggressive" while drinking.

Mitchell was commissioned by the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Ford, avoiding the image of an all-male body grilling a woman about a claim of sexual assault.

Trump is pushing back on reports that the White House has tried to limit the scope of the investigation, telling reporters at the White House Monday that "the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer" and "interview anybody that they want within reason".

He also denied reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the probe, saying, "my White House is doing whatever the senators want".

Indeed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not tasked with drawing conclusions, but, Comey wrote, "their granular factual presentation will spotlight the areas of conflict and allow decision makers to reach their own conclusions". Not to mention that no Senate leader likes to lose control over the agenda to a rump group of members who exert their individual leverage like Flake and his allies did.

Mr Kavanaugh denied her allegation, as well as accusations made by two other women, and accused Democrats of making him the victim of a political "hit".

Trump repeated that he wants the investigation to be comprehensive, indicating he thinks the investigation is "a good thing" for Kavanaugh, as he believes nothing incriminating will show up. Why even have an FBI investigation? In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive. Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in their favour.

In an interview with CNN, Lynn Brookes - the former roommate of Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a Yale party - asserted she was "extremely disappointed" in the judge's "blatant lying".