FBI Reportedly Reaches Out to Second Kavanaugh Accuser

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The FBI considers the allegations by Christine Ford a closed matter, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Flake, who at one point Friday was confronted by two women who tearfully and angrily urged him to consider the pain of sexual assault survivors, was soon joined by Sens.

Last week, Trump tweeted that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with local police.

By contrast, he wrote, "Accusations as serious as those made by Ford and others against Kavanaugh - which allege he was guilty of criminal conduct - should not stand without clear and convincing evidence of their truth in a nation where the courts presume an accused person is innocent until proven guilty".

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding Blasey's assertion that he sexually assaulted her while they were both in high school.

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said typically FBI headquarters will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the USA for further investigation and are assigned a quick deadline.

On Friday evening, Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a close friend of Flake's who was a key player in the day's unfolding drama, gave CBS News reporter Nancy Cordes his account of how it all went down.

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They were also asked about a part of Kavanaugh's opening statement in which he said he harbors no "ill will" against Ford, and as his voice trembled, talked about his 10-year-old daughter, who prayed for her father's accuser. It came with a stipulation: that a full vote in the Senate be delayed until the FBI can investigate the sexual assault allegations against him. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), another Democrat up for reelection in November in a red state, said he would vote "no" on Kavanaugh'.

Shortly after, he was cornered in an elevator by two women who shared their own stories as victims of sexual abuse. "I want to know what happened", he said. They demanded an explanation, asking him if he really believed Kavanaugh had not sexually assaulted Ford.

As the Senate Judicial Committee gathered to vote Friday afternoon to move Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for a vote in the Senate, word trickled out that Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly of in was a no vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The Post said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also following up on accusations by Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Kavanaugh. Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Joe Donnelly of IN and Jon Tester of Montana all said they would vote no.

President Donald Trump ordered the additional FBI investigation Friday at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied all allegations against him.

After the confrontation, Ms Gallagher said she did not intend to tell Senator Flake about her assault - she had never told anyone before.

"I believe Professor Ford. I think it sounds nice that he has no ill will, but it seemed kind of out of place", Peters said. He told the newspaper's editorial board that now he's willing to wait for the FBI's report before making a final decision.