■The stories about the expansion of the investigation broke after Trump said at a midday news conference on Monday that he wanted the FBI probe "to be comprehensive, whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority".
" 'What neighborhood was it in?' 'I don't know.' 'Where's the house?' 'I don't know.' 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' 'I don't know".
Flake's move came a day after a jarring Senate hearing on Thursday in which university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. The New York Times on Tuesday published a handwritten letter by Kavanaugh instructing friends participating in an upcoming holiday rental to "warn the neighbors that we're loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us".
Democrats, meanwhile, demanded that the White House divulge its instructions to the FBI in ordering the investigation, that the FBI's report be made public, and that the bureau's lead investigators brief senators about their their findings.
However, the New York Times earlier reported that a contemporary who accused the judge of lying under oath about his relationship with alcohol plans to speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday. The bureau has interviewed Mark Judge, one of Kavanaugh's close friends who Ford named as having direct knowledge of the alleged attack.
They said they have "repeatedly asked you to identify the Supervisory Special Agent responsible for this investigation, so that we could contact him or her directly". "There have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable". She argued that senators need more time to evaluate the FBI's findings. "That's the only thing I remember", Trump said in imitation of Ford's testimony. Because of procedural steps, a final confirmation vote was unlikely until late in the week, perhaps over the weekend.
"And a man's life is in tatters, a man's life is shattered", Trump continued. However, if his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to renominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The votes from 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. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), implying that he has a drinking problem.
Democrats countered that brief delays in voting on Kavanaugh pale in comparison to Republicans refusing to consider former President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, for most of 2016.
Chris Dudley and Dan Murphy said they had never seen the nominee black out at college or behave inappropriately with women.
"They seriously call into question his character and morality", the letter reads, "and should disqualify him from a lifetime appointment as a Supreme Court Justice" and a Harvard Law School lecturer.
"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation.
Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee she was "100 percent certain" it was a drunken Kavanaugh who pinned her down on a bed, groped her, tried to take off her clothes, and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams for help.
Swetnick, who is represented by Michael Avenatti, has alleged that Judge and Kavanaugh were present at a party in the early 1980s where, she says, she was gang-raped. Trump said, role-playing a conversation between a son and mother.
"The mudslide was cheered on and capitalized on at every turn by the far left that has been so eager to stop this nomination", he said.