"It's a matter of which allegations have what we call 'meat on the bone, ' where they determine they're credible and they're going to go out and do some interviews", Gomez said. Trump asked toward the end of a lengthy and free-wheeling press availability in the Rose Garden that revealed his frustrations at the drawn-out process.
The man who has been named as a witness to the alleged incident between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s has been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to his lawyer.
In a statement released Sunday, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale". They say that the administration has put strict limits on what the FBI can investigate. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who pushed to initiate the FBI's investigation, during a Monday event in Boston. Not surprisingly, the White House isn't helping to clarify any of this.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, declined on Monday afternoon to provide more detail on what the FBI's investigation can cover.
'I did also say within the bounds of what the Senate wants. Flake said over the weekend that he would vote for Kavanaugh unless the FBI finds something in its investigation.
Still, in his defense of Kavanaugh, the President appeared to stray from his team's talking points.
"He's had a little bit of difficulty".
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, accused the nominee of delivering a "partisan screed" during the hearing and of misleading senators about everything from the "momentous to the mundane".
What he's said: "I agreed to support him before all of this came out".
The president noted his own decision to not drink alcohol. "Not a bad thing, I think it's a good thing", he said. It's not just me. "What a mess I would be". "I hope to continue to fail my tribe".
A police report obtained by the New York Times shows Kavanaugh was questioned by police following an altercation at a bar when he was a student at Yale University in 1985. "Their principled stand is nothing less than an act of heroism, and Dr. Ford's testimony is deserving of nothing less than full consideration by the 100 members of the US Senate who now hold the future of Judge Kavanaugh's appointment in their hands".
McConnell, accusing Democrats of moving the goalposts on the Kavanaugh nomination, said on Monday that the time for "delay and obstruction" has come to a close.
Those frustrations were evident on Monday, as the President railed against Democrats for their behavior in the process. He referred to an unnamed sitting senator whom he claims to have seen in compromising positions and drinking "aggressively". Pressed later, he wouldn't elaborate. We also know that wherever the FBI investigation leaves off, the Democrats will pick it up from there after November's midterms if they win the majority in one or both houses. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
"You look at his life, until this happened, what a change he's gone through".
Mitchell, who did not address Kavanaugh's testimony in her statement, pointed out that the Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context. "I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation, whatever that means according to the Senators... and the Republican majority". "I want it to be comprehensive".
Ford also has said Judge was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Judge has said he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.