Trump decries 'trauma' done to Kavanaugh, calls for 'comprehensive' investigation

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"I just knew that we couldn't move forward, that I couldn't move forward, without hitting the pause button - because what I was seeing, experiencing in an elevator and watching it in committee and just thinking this is ripping our country apart", said Flake, seated beside friend and fellow committee member Coons. "But this case is even weaker than that", Mitchell wrote in the memo, CNN reported.

Ford said she feared that she would be raped and accidentally killed.

Sanders, 77, went on to list a series of questions for Kavanaugh on topics dating back to 2004, before his confirmation as a federal judge, as well as on the latest sexual assault allegations against him, which Kavanaugh denies.

In an interview to CBS's "60 minutes" the outgoing senator admitted that he would not have risked his victory chances by siding with Senate Judicial Committee Democrats in calling for the FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, if he still wanted to keep his congressional job.

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Kavanaugh faces sexual misconduct allegations, including those from Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last week that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school.

The Arizona prosecutor whose life's work has been to investigate sex crimes said the more than half a dozen inconsistencies she found based on evidence before the Senate Judiciary Committee would dissuade "a reasonable prosecutor" from bringing the case. That may be because Republicans on the panel chose to use their time in the second half of the hearing to push back against Democratic attacks on Kavanaugh, leaving Mitchell little time to assess his responses.

Mitchell, whom GOP senators selected to handle the questioning in last week's hearing with Ford and Kavanaugh, is a registered Republican who is chief of the special victims division of the Maricopa County attorney's office in Phoenix.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before leaving for Wheeling, W.Va., Sept. 29, 2018.

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Charles "Chad" Ludington, an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, released a statement saying Kavanaugh "has not told the truth" when denying he never blacked out and otherwise downplayed his drinking as a young man. In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive. Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion.

"There is no clear standard of proof for allegations made during the Senate's confirmation process", Mitchell wrote in the memo. Indeed, she stated that she ran out of the house after coming downstairs and did not state that she made a phone call from the house before she did, or that she called anyone else thereafter.

Dr. Ford has no memory of key details of the night in question-details that could help corroborate her account.

Graham's concerns expanded beyond the hearing to the workings of the committee and the larger Senate.

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