Brett Kavanaugh 'belligerent and aggressive' after 'heavy' drinking, ex-classmate says

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Trump said he is open to a "very comprehensive investigation" but suggested at different points that the probe would be guided by the wishes of Republican senators and that the FBI could decide whom to interview so long as it was "within reason". "Whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority, I want them to do that", Mr Trump said at a White House news conference. The FBI will "go out and conduct these interviews in a thorough manner as quickly as possible and they will report - no opinion - they will report that to the people eon the committee", Flagg told CBS News' Reena Ninan.

The investigators will compile information about Mr Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Mr Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators.

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Democrats, nevertheless, have insisted on another FBI investigation of Kavanaugh, delaying a confirmation vote in the Senate.

She also pressed Ford on the events leading up to the hearing, including who knew about the allegations and when they knew. In response to a statement from Kavanaugh in which he insisted that he was focused on sports and academics in school and never drank to excess, Liz Swisher, another former classmate at Yale who now works as a doctor in Seattle, said that his statements were "not credible".

"A "he said, she said" case is incredibly hard to prove", Mitchell explained.

Rachel Mitchell issued a five-page report in which she said Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a small, suburban house party in 1982 normally would be "incredibly hard to prove".

Senator Chris Coons was the most vocal advocate of a one-week check a few days later, during the committee's hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Following her to the witness table, Kavanaugh denied the allegations and angrily defended himself.

"NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Kavanaugh testified Thursday that claims of misconduct and sexual assault from 1982 are untrue.

"I have thought a lot about Kavanaugh's statement on Fox, that he never drank so much that he didn't remember what he had done the next morning", he told the Cut.

"On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail", Ludington alleges in the statement. He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

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"White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate set the scope and duration of the investigation and that the White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do". "The FBI is not tasked to do that".

Trump said it "wouldn't bother me" if FBI investigators talked with all three women who have leveled allegations about sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh - allegations which the federal appeals court judge has denied - or pursue whatever other avenues they deem appropriate.

Senate Judiciary Committee members (L-R) Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said Sunday that testimony would be taken from Ramirez and Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who has been named by two of three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"I think we will be in a different place", Coons said. "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. An FBI report, although not a conclusion, will be given to the White House, which ordered the investigation after the committee finished its Thursday session. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she is confident in the investigation and "that the FBI will follow up on any leads that result from the interviews".

A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is disputing Kavanaugh's characterization of his drinking while in college.

Republicans have 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation.

"Except for Mike Pence by the way", he joked, to laughter.