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Brett Kavanaugh 'involved in bar brawl after UB40 gig'

03 October 2018

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, U.S. September 27, 2018. He said he did not want the probe to become a "witch hunt" and that it should be completed quickly. Trump asked toward the end of a lengthy and free-wheeling press availability in the Rose Garden that revealed his frustrations at the drawn-out process.

President Donald Trump directed the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh last Friday.

The FBI will pass its findings to the White House, which will give them to the Senate. Senate Republicans have privately expressed similar sentiments.

But Mr Trump also questioned why investigators needed to examine Mr Kavanaugh's high school record. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

A second Kavanaugh accuser, Debbie Ramirez, met with the FBI for about two hours on Sunday, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

Trump has rejected in recent days the notion he's "limiting" the investigation.

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Mr Trump said he had requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation be given free rein, but added: "I'd like it to go quickly". I don't know! But I had one beer.

Professor Bernard Harcourt of Columbia Law School, one of the organisers of the second letter, said it had attracted nearly 400 signatures by late on Tuesday.

Trump on Monday said he was impressed with Kavanaugh's candor about his alcohol use, which is now being scrutinized by some Democratic senators.

"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.

"I'm not a drinker".

"Can you imagine if I had?" he said to laughs. "Not one time", Dudley said. "I'm not giving it to you". "What a mess I would be".

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Meanwhile, Ernst hailed the president's latest trade deal - the United States Mexico Canada Agreement - being billed as a new draft of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a "wonderful win" for the agricultural world. "I was hoping to hear back from them for follow-up questions".

Democrats countered that accusations of sexual misconduct must not be dismissed as a smear campaign and that accounts of Kavanaugh's past behavior by former classmates and associates suggest the nominee may have misled lawmakers about his drinking habits and other matters. At one point, the President claimed, without proof, to have caught an unnamed Democratic senator in a compromising position.

"They obviously are afraid of what my client might say, which is why they are avoiding her", Avenatti said.

"HLS must send a clear message that it takes sexual violence seriously", the letter reads, and adds that the accusations made against Kavanaugh, including those by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual and physical assault, are "credible and grave". In doing so, Trump is feeding off the explosion of male resentment that is only growing in the wake of a college professor's allegations against Trump's Supreme Court pick which has now turned into a national circus.

"You look at his life, until this happened, what a change he's gone through".

"It's a tough thing going on", Trump said. "I think there are serious questions about both his credibility and his temperament that may to some senators be more important than the activities that occurred in high school". "That's pretty much where we are and I don't see this going any further with the New Haven Police Department".

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Brett Kavanaugh 'involved in bar brawl after UB40 gig'