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- Former FBI Director James Comey expressed his approval of the reopening of the bureau's background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, writing in a New York Times op-ed that the assigned deadline is "idiotic".

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, hold hands as they arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

What is clear is that anti-gun Democrats are desperate to delay Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation until after the election, with the hope they may recapture the Senate and prevent any Trump nominee from reaching the Supreme Court at all.

The FBI will question Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when both were students at Yale University, the White House official told Reuters.

The FBI is spending a week looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh after President Trump ordered an investigation.

Consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination by the Senate has been delayed while the FBI undertakes an investigation of Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., 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 accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate terms and what the scope of the investigation is", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News Sunday, referring to the FBI's probe of sexual assault allegations against the judge by Dr. Christine Blassey Ford.

Mr Ludington added that while youthful drinking should not condemn someone for life, he had nevertheless been concerned about Mr Kavanaugh's statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He said the one thing he wants is speed, because drawing it out is "unfair" to Kavanaugh's family.

"The agreement will allow greater U.S. access to Canada's dairy market and addresses Canadian concerns about potential auto tariffs, the sources said".

He also said he believes Mr Kavanaugh did not lie during his testimony to the Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in high school and college. Both said in statements that they had no recollection of being at the party. In November, Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew says he shouldn't be subjected to execution by lethal injection because he has a rare medical condition that could cause him to choke on his own blood during an execution.

Kavanaugh, shown testifying on September 27, has repeatedly denied any sexual misconduct.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also has not announced how she will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. "I think you give a little leeway there".

The memo is likely to prompt significant pushback from Democratic senators, who have argued that Ford is not on trial and that Kavanaugh is merely interviewing for a job.

A growing number of American voters believe that the Senate should not confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to a new poll released Monday. He also denied reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the probe, saying, "my White House is doing whatever the senators want".

On Monday, Trump said he believes Feinstein "probably" leaked the letter - something she has repeatedly denied. Trump asked, mentioning a term he has used in the past to denigrate Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA presidential election. She said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on them, sending them tumbling and giving her an opportunity to get out of the room.


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