President Donald Trump said on Tuesday allegations of sexual misconduct against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh showed that "it's a very scary time for young men in America" who now may be presumed guilty even when innocent.
Late last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from both Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down on a bed and groped her against her will at a high school gathering in 1982.
"I'm not going to do a hypothetical, I really want to go with facts and that's why I pressed for a supplemental FBI investigation", she told reporters.
Almost three weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct were first publicly made against Judge Kavanaugh, the accusations have yet to be corroborated by any witnesses.
In response to her testimony, Mr Kavanaugh said he had never assaulted her or anyone else.
President Donald Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he still supports Kavanaugh but said it is "a scary time for young men" who could become the subject of false accusations. Flake said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs to investigate before he'll support Kavanaugh with a vote on the floor of the Senate. Reports had initially emerged that the White House was limiting the scope of its investigation, but Trump said on Monday that the FBI should be allowed to interview anyone it deems necessary. 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 investigation was launched at the urging of Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
U.S. media reports earlier suggested the White House wanted to restrict the inquiry into Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
"I don't think what he said is any different than what Justice Thomas said", Grassley said.
Cozzolino, told police he had been hit in the ear with a glass by Kavanaugh's friend and Yale basketball player, Chris Dudley (left). He initially declined several questions on Kavanaugh, angrily denouncing them as off-topic, before returning to the matter. But NPR obtained a four-page affidavit from Hill in which she alleged years of harassment by Thomas and published the information, forcing the committee to hold an extraordinary second round of hearings to address those accusations. Trump has likewise denied the allegations made against him.
Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation. Many see her as the most likely Republican to flip and vote against Kavanaugh.
When the FBI investigated sexual harassment claims against now-Justice Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill, its final report did not leak. Kavanaugh could be sitting on the Supreme Court in January, when the course was scheduled. "The politics of personal destruction were willfully unleashed". Charles "Chad" Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was a friend of Kavanaugh's at Yale and that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". "I never saw Brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did I ever see Brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women", wrote one of them, Dan Murphy, a former suitemate of Kavanaugh. At his first Supreme Court confirmation hearing, September 4, he portrayed himself as a neutral arbiter of the law who is above politics, telling the Judiciary Committee that the Supreme Court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution".
Mr Kavanaugh denies the claims. There, Ludington said, Kavanaugh "threw his beer" at a man sitting at the bar who they believed to be Ali Campbell from UB40, who they had just seen in concert.