President Donald Trump suggested Monday some of the Democrats questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had their own private behavioral issues, saying they were "not angels" and specifically calling out one he had seen in "very bad situations".
Flake, an Arizona senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, thrust himself into the spotlight Friday when he broke with party lines and requested an FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh, a federal judge who is accused of sexual assault.
The move came after two key Republican senators, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, consulted with the White House counsel's office to insure that the FBI investigation would be thorough, both senators said. In order for Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic support, they can only afford to lose one of these senators. But the White House released statements from two other Yale classmates Monday who said they never saw Kavanaugh black out or treat women with disrespect.
Appearing at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, Flake said on Monday that he wants the FBI to conduct a "real investigation" and not one that "just gives us more cover".
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.
Although the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday approved Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, it was conditional on a new inquiry into what it said were the "credible allegations" facing him.
Mitchell also stressed that nobody who Ford has identified as having attended the gathering - including Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland (Ingham) Keyser - has been able to directly corroborate Ford's allegations. "I think that's the height of hypocrisy".
Heitkamp, meanwhile, noted that Trump himself called for a "broader" FBI investigation into the allegations.
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Sunday the investigation would start off with interviews with only four people. "At the same time, just so we all understand, this is our seventh investigation of a man who has really.you look at his life until this happened, what change he's gone through, what his family's gone through", he said.
Last week, a former freshman-year roommate of Kavanaugh's at Yale challenged the nominee's drinking claims. "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close", McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday.
His desire to talk about compromise and bridging divides certainly had more resonance after Flake acted Friday to slow down (even for a week) the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, FBI agents on Sunday interviewed Deborah Ramirez, one of three women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, according to a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity.
Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford.
Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.
Swetnick, who is represented by Michael Avenatti, has alleged that Judge and Kavanaugh were present at a party in the early 1980s where, she says, she was gang-raped.
Mr Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ms Ford. The memo obtained by The Post does not include any analysis of her questions to Kavanaugh.
Why even have an FBI investigation?