Sen. Grassley Asks FBI To Investigate Apparently False Kavanaugh Allegations

The FBI reached out to a second woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the woman's lawyer said Saturday.

McConnell also strongly warned Trump against firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following reports that Rosenstein had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove him from office, telling him it could lead to "a bloodbath", according to the Republicans familiar with the conversations. They will attempt to find evidence, including witness statements that either confirm testimony they already have or new witnesses that can corroborate the claims. They have free rein.

The announcement followed a vote along party lines by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance Kavanaugh's nomination, after securing a vote from Sen. On Friday, Republican Trump, who had strongly objected to such an investigation, succumbed to a few members of his party in the Senate and agreed to give the FBI a week to check out the allegation by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are also expected to interview several people who Ford said were present at the party where the alleged assault took place, including Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Keyser, sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

In a tweet responding to NBC's report late Saturday, Trump insisted that he is not limiting the FBI's probe. The hearing abruptly ended due to a time limit without a decision on the FBI investigation. The Wall Street Journal also reported on these same limitations. "When and if we do, we will promptly disclose to them all information and witnesses in our possession", Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Swetnick, said on Saturday on Twitter. "The Senate is dictating the terms, they laid out the request and we've opened it up".

Kavanaugh has also denied Swetnick's allegations, characterizing them as "from the Twilight Zone".

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Graham was referring to an allegation from another woman, Julie Swetnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, saying they were present at the party in the early 1980s where she says she was gang-raped.

Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, but that's what is needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about incidents said to have happened during his teenage years. "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

"It would be helpful with anyone's resources if - to figure out when he worked there, if people are wanting more details from me about when the attack occurred", Ford said. "And then the US Senate as an institution - we're coming apart at the seams", Flake said, echoing remarks he made when he announced his retirement. "What a railroad job", said Sen.

"I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "I actually think it will be a blessing in disguise", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he departed for a rally in West Virginia.

Speaking to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Hirono said senators now need to focus on determining "whether Judge Kavanaugh is credible" and "whether he was candid with us", adding that his allegations that Democrats are involved in a scheme to undermine him "was so freaky".

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