Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

National Sexual Assault Hotline spiked 201 percent during Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

National Sexual Assault Hotline spiked 201 percent during Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Leland Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford since high school, has issued a second letter confirming that she does not know Brett Kavanaugh and that she can not corroborate the claims that Ford has made against the Supreme Court nominee.

Ramirez, meanwhile, came forward with her own claim against Kavanaugh after Ford's story was published, accusing the Supreme Court nominee of exposing himself to her at a dorm-room party at Yale during the 1983-1984 school year. Swetnick is one of the women who has publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Media outlets including NBC News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the White House was controlling the FBI investigation, giving the FBI a list of witnesses and limiting its parameters.

A source briefed on the matter said the White House gave the limited scope of the investigation to the FBI based on what the Senate asked.

"Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", he tweeted.

Later that day, Trump ordered the investigation and that it be limited in scope and completed by next Friday. "You see what's happening right now", Trump said.

Swetnick is represented by the attorney Michael Avenatti, who tweeted on Saturday that neither he nor his client had been contacted by the FBI, and that any restrictions on the investigation from the White House would "undermine the legitimacy" of the entire investigation. "He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!"

"I'm very concerned about this because the White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation", Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who sits on the judiciary committee, told CNN.

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Midway through the Friday Senate Judicial Committee hearing, Flake was cornered by women who said they were sexual assault survivors and pleaded with him to delay the Kavanaugh vote. "Unfortunately, that's part of the "search and destroy" process that, frankly, I think is an embarrassment to the Senate".

Comey also alluded to the apparent discrepancy between statements Kavanaugh made to the committee about his drinking habits in high school and college, and what some of his former classmates remember based on their encounters with him.

Another restriction, according to NBC News, is that FBI investigators can not ask for employment records from the supermarket that employed Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was present during the sexual assault.

McConnell urged Trump to support Kavanaugh but to avoid attacking his accusers, warning that he was in charge of counting votes and those kinds of disparaging remarks could cause him to lose Republican senators whose votes could be key to confirming Kavanaugh, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, they said.

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

Two Trump administration officials said Sunday that White House had not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh but was also opposed to a "fishing expedition" that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility and behavior.

Other senators backed Flake's request, including Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has been viewed as a possible vote for Kavanaugh. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate".

In particular, Kavanaugh claims that he was not a heavy drinker when he was young and that he never drank to excess or had gaps in his memory. As a result, a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed for up to a week.

Ford testified Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh, not another man, assaulted her in 1982.

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