Police questioned Kavanaugh after bar fight in 1985

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"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". She is represented by Michael Avenatti, whom McConnell called a "tabloid lawyer".

The White House announced Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump had ordered the FBI to open a supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh.

After witnessing the spectacle in person yesterday, the Senate owes Judge Kavanaugh an apology. The signatories say that despite having "differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh", they are now agreed that he "did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land". The FBI did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Keyser, a longtime friend of Ford's, was present at the small party where Ford was attacked, according to Ford's testimony before the Judiciary Committee.

The agency has also spoken to the judge's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, who alleges that he exposed his genitals in her face during a college drinking game.

Flake said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had completed interviews with four people.

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"Get this: Judge Kavanaugh may have been accused of throwing some ice across a college bar in the mid-1980s", the majority leader said, feigning shock.

Several of Kavanaugh's former classmates have contradicted his assertions that he never drank excessively or behaved inappropriately while intoxicated, raising questions about whether Kavanaugh could have lied while under oath. "I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations".

"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you", the lawyers said in their letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

His attorney, Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder, wouldn't say Tuesday when the interview concluded or what Judge was asked.

"I think the investigation ought to be closely held", she reiterated.

Harvard Law School has informed its students that embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there in January, according to reports. "We hope that this reporting is inaccurate". The reports also suggested that the White House was limiting the list of witnesses.

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip and a member of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters Tuesday that he was "hopeful" that the Senate would release some kind of "summary" or "statement" informing the public about the results of a FBI follow-up investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump added that he felt that the cause would be "a rallying cry" for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections.

President Trump, as well as his family, have raised fears about the possibility of politically motivated false accusations.

Ludington said Kavanaugh was trying to figure out whether a man at the bar was UB40 lead singer Campbell, who would have been coming from the concert and in his 20s at the time.

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

But Mr Trump also questioned why investigators needed to examine Mr Kavanaugh's high school record.

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During the 1990s, Kavanaugh aggressively pursued investigations into then-president Bill Clinton while working for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. "Does that mean that they can't do something they want to do in their life?" "The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations", Trump said.

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