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Trump says Brett Kavanaugh had a 'bit of difficulty' with alcohol

Trump says Brett Kavanaugh had a 'bit of difficulty' with alcohol

"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.

"I want it to be comprehensive ..." "I appreciate very much what he did on Friday to put the brakes on what seems to be a railroad nomination going through come hell or high water", she told ABC News before Flake began his speech.

Trump didn't discuss whether he might release the written scope of work.

"Then I think we'll have evidence and information we can use", he said.

And American voters supported reopening the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check into Kavanaugh to investigate accusations of sexual misconduct by 68 percent to 28 percent.

He also said he believes Mr Kavanaugh did not lie during his testimony to the Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

"The scope and duration has been set by the Senate", Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, told Fox News.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations, as has Judge.

It shows how dramatically unhinged the confirmation process has become from reality that a man with the high character and forthrightness of Brett Kavanaugh would be forced to endure smear after smear from "witnesses" who are less than credible. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday aired a clip of her interview with John Heilemann of Showtime's "The Circus", in which Ms. Swetnick called for an investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

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Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell assisted Republicans in questioning Christine Blasey Ford last week, and said there were inconsistencies in her account.

Organizers of the Boston event said they moved the location to City Hall after security concerns emerged about the original location.

Earlier on Friday, Flake announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but he looked shaken after being cornered in an elevator by two sexual assault survivors as he headed to the committee meeting.

Ludington said in the statement he does not believe "heavy drinking or even loutish behavior of an 18 or even 21 year old should condemn a person for the rest of his life", but said if Kavanaugh "lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences". She said she was a victim of gang rape, and said both Judge and Kavanaugh were there to witness the incident.

Prof Ludington, who teaches at North Carolina State University, said he had seen Judge Kavanaugh slurring his words and staggering after excessive alcohol consumption while at Yale. He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk. 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. "The FBI is not tasked to do that".

Another committee member, Sen. "I think you give a little leeway there". "It's about how does it affect you", said Graham. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

They have suggested at least two dozen people they say should be interviewed before the FBI wraps up its investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not inspire confidence Monday when he carped about "endless delay and obstruction" and vowed a vote this week, apparently without regard to the status of the FBI investigation.

Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote. Mr Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 margin. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in their favour.