Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'scary time' for men falsely accused

Woman who confronted Sen. Flake on elevator was once a Westchester resident

Twenty-three year-old Westchesterite Maria Gallagher is one of two women - the other being Ana Maria Archila of Queens - making national headlines after confronting Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) in an elevator last week, just before the committee voted on whether or not to recommend Judge Brett Kavanaugh's supreme court nomination be sent to the full senate for a vote.

He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.

What is Judge Kavanaugh accused of?

That means if all the Democrats vote against Mr Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.

Among the witnesses interviewed were men who California college professor Christine Blasey Ford says were present at a party of teenagers in the early 1980s at which she says was sexually assaulted by Mr Kavanaugh.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday he thought the conservative federal appeals court judge would win Senate confirmation once the FBI finishes its investigation. But he says anew that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week. "But the goal hasn't moved an inch". But he said their attempts to delay and obstruct the judge's nomination end this week.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered a key swing vote on the nomination, believes the scope of the FBI's investigation should include allegations brought by a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, but the senator is deferring to the FBI itself on who should be interviewed, a spokeswoman said.

The story noted she had "gaps" in her memory from drinking, and that she couldn't clarify his role "with certainty" for six days after first speaking with the journalists who published the story.

The classmate, Kerry Berchem, prepared a memo about the text messages and attempted to submit them to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 following Kavanaugh's testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the memo.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said that the investigation would be "limited to current credible allegations" - raising questions over exactly what would be investigated given that Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations.

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Flake was set to address New Hampshire voters later in the day.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, told CNN that she was "very concerned" by the reported White House constraints on the inquiry.

"I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said.

"We going to talk later I don't want to do anything to interrupt what's happening with this process - that's fine but I don't want to do anything to interrupt the process".

What are the drinking allegations?

Charles "Chad" Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was a friend of Kavanaugh's at Yale and that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker".

Deborah Ramirez also came forward and alleged that Kavanaugh, when he was a student at Yale, exposed himself to her at a party. I wanted to support him. Another Yale classmate, Jennifer Klaus, said she often socialized with Kavanaugh at Yale and vigorously disputed his portrayal of himself. She had said Monday night that the interview was not completed.

Democrats have requested copies of all the FBI's witness interviews, and the names of any who decline to co-operate.

Leaning: The local pressure is likely weighing on her decision, but Murkowski has a history of being tight-lipped until she votes.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on a small group of moderate senators who have not revealed how they plan to vote.

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