Yale classmate disputes Kavanaugh testimony
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 03, 2018,
Oct 03, 2018, 1:33
Barbara Van Gelder, Judge's lawyer, confirmed the interview had been completed but declined to say exactly when it ended or what Judge was asked. Kavanaugh, whose Senate confirmation has been thrown into doubt by the accusations, has denied the claims by all three women.
The true test for Flake would come once the full Senate votes on the Kavanaugh nomination in the coming days, Walsh said. 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. In the widely spread video, she was shouting at Sen.
Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process.
Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 that he had not heard of Ramirez's allegations before they were made public in a New Yorker story published September 23. Trump did not elaborate.In a statement to media, Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh, said the judge was not truthful about his drinking during his Senate testimony last week and that at Yale, Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" who often got belligerent and aggressive when drunk.
Among the allegations McConnell criticized was one brought by a "tabloid lawyer" he did not name whose client has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh friends and for which "there conveniently happened to be zero witnesses".
The activists behind the protests said they planned to keep up the effort as the FBI investigates accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college.
Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out".
"I guess I want to say, 'Thank you, '" Walsh said. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
Sen. Flake and Senators.
Donald Trump defended his pick but conceded that the appeals court judge has had a "bit of difficulty" with alcohol.
In a White House press conference overnight, the U.S. 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.
McConnell characterized that as a part of an ongoing effort by Democrats to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation and predicted they would be unsatisfied when the Federal Bureau of Investigation completes its work this week.
"Why are our Republican colleagues so afraid of making this public?" he said.
"If we took 10 years, they'd want more time", he said.
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. "This is a very, very, very hard time", he said.
The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top US court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.
He or his spokespeople have said all of the claims were false.
At the request of senators, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a background investigation this week into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
Trump said he will talk "later" this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but expressed trepidation that meeting him before the Kavanaugh nomination is settled could interrupt the process.