FBI begins investigation into Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

FBI begins investigation into Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

The FBI has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, as part of the investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh, CBS News has confirmed.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Clune said in a tweet.

"If Kavanaugh's reputation and Ford's privacy had to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency, the committee Democrats were not going to let basic decency prevent them from using the courts as an alternative path to the political ends they can not reach through legislation", Mendoza explained.

One of the Democratic senators whose behind-the-scenes talks with a Republican colleague helped lead to an FBI investigation of allegations against Brett Kavanaugh said he believes the probe will help mend deep divisions in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory, when they were undergraduates.

Kavanaugh and another of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The testimony of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh has moved Americans and created engagement unlike anything the country the seen in recent years. Two other people who Ford says were present the night of the incident - Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser - have said they do not remember being at a party with Ford and Kavanaugh.

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Lawmakers and Trump administration officials had few expectations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would settle Ford and Kavanaugh's dueling accounts.

Democrats in the hearing called for an FBI investigation into the matter, but Republicans rejected their demands.

Ford recounted in detail how Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge allegedly attacked her in a bedroom during a small gathering at a house when the teen boys were both drunk.

The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations. "I've issued my statement", Flake said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a key swing vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said he would vote to proceed to a full Senate vote, but that the Senate vote should be preceded by a new, expanded FBI investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Ford told the Judiciary Committee that some weeks after the alleged assault, she ran into Judge at a local grocery store where he was working for the summer.