BREAKING NEWS One person critically injured in Research Park Blvd. wreck Full Story

What is Sen. Flake looking for in the FBI report?

Sen. Jeff Flake (R -- Arizona) tells CNN's Manu Raju he wants to see if the FBI is able to corroborate the Ford and Ramirez's accusations. Flake says Kavanaugh's testimony about drinking from high school and college years is not relevant to his vote.

Posted: Oct 4, 2018 11:05 AM
Updated: Oct 4, 2018 11:18 AM

Whether the FBI interviews Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, is up to three key undecided Republican senators, according to people briefed on the FBI's background investigation.

Ford and Kavanaugh weren't on the initial list the White House provided for the FBI to interview, and the sources tell CNN they still aren't.

The White House counsel's office, which is coordinating the FBI, believes the sworn testimony from the two is enough and there's no need for an FBI interview. This despite the fact that the interview list has grown to include other possible witnesses, CNN has reported based on attorneys for people who have been contacted.

While the key senators -- which includes Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona -- aren't dictating the terms of the investigation (that responsibility resides with the White House), their role as undecided votes who will determine whether Kavanaugh is the next Supreme Court justice has been crucial, senators and aides say. The three were responsible for pushing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to ask the White House for the inquiry to begin with -- a move McConnell made clear he opposed.

And their efforts to ensure the FBI hasn't been unnecessarily hemmed in as they do their work continued through last weekend.

The senators have been in consultation with the White House about the scope of the investigation and were instrumental in the decision on the original list of four individuals the FBI would interview -- a list that didn't include Ford or Kavanaugh. Since then, all have made clear that the FBI should be free to follow any new leads, but to this point haven't asked the FBI to sit down with Ford or Kavanaugh.

Flake told CNN's Manu Raju that Ford "gave testimony before the committee," and that he is "more concerned about corroboration and people," than an FBI interview with Ford. Flake said the FBI should follow "leads that she had mentioned, people that she had talked to, particularly Mark Judge and others that she places in the room. That is where they needed to start and then follow those leads wherever they go."

With the White House's blessing, the FBI has expanded its inquiry into allegations against Kavanaugh beyond the initial four interviews that the White House directed to be conducted, and have now also spoken with more of Kavanaugh's classmates from Georgetown Prep who attended a party entered onto Kavanaugh's 1982 calendar.

Ford's lawyers have demanded the FBI interview her, and in a letter yesterday to the FBI said, "It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you."

The FBI has been working very closely with the White House and has been keeping White House counsel Don McGahn updated on its work. The details of the first interviews were shared with the White House and that is how some of the additional interviews then came about.

One of those interviewed by the FBI is Deborah Ramirez who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and others in a dorm room when they were Yale freshmen. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's allegations. Ramirez's lawyers have provided the FBI with the names of more than 20 individuals who they say can help corroborate Ramirez's story. Only a small number of those, however, may have witnessed the alleged incident. It is those individuals to whom the FBI may also be talking. Those interviews would require the White House's approval.

The FBI is still constrained by the parameters set by the White House, which is a very limited supplemental background investigation -- not a criminal investigation.

A source familiar with the work so far says the FBI is currently in information collection mode. Just because they haven't spoken with Ford doesn't mean they won't eventually want to do so after all key info is collected — it's not unusual to wait to interview a key witness after other witnesses have been interviewed — that said it will ultimately be up to the White House to greenlight a Ford interview.

The FBI could complete its interviews Wednesday and provide investigative summaries to the White House and Senators soon after.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 85°
Florence
Broken Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 79°
Fayetteville
Few Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 77°
Decatur
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 84°
Scottsboro
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 78°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6433170
Mobile4753139
Montgomery4430112
Tuscaloosa263253
Madison21199
Marshall192611
Shelby164225
Lee157237
Morgan12695
Baldwin120711
Walker106131
Elmore102920
Dallas9969
Etowah95114
DeKalb9417
Franklin93216
Autauga67614
Russell6750
Chambers67427
Unassigned65328
Butler65129
Tallapoosa62869
Limestone6223
Houston5857
Cullman5716
Lauderdale5686
St. Clair5133
Colbert4956
Calhoun4905
Lowndes48122
Escambia4808
Pike4725
Coffee4244
Jackson4182
Covington41412
Barbour3942
Dale3911
Talladega3897
Bullock37710
Marengo35211
Hale34823
Chilton3232
Clarke3126
Wilcox3038
Blount2961
Winston2965
Sumter29113
Marion27514
Pickens2696
Randolph2589
Monroe2553
Perry2362
Conecuh2308
Bibb2211
Macon2159
Choctaw21212
Greene1959
Henry1533
Washington1418
Crenshaw1273
Lawrence1250
Cherokee1237
Geneva960
Lamar871
Clay852
Fayette821
Coosa651
Cleburne421
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 61006

Reported Deaths: 738
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby13423223
Davidson13162143
Rutherford352539
Hamilton330538
Sumner189756
Williamson170816
Knox15919
Trousdale15085
Out of TN138410
Wilson114817
Putnam10117
Bradley9594
Robertson92413
Sevier9153
Unassigned9102
Montgomery7327
Lake6970
Tipton6967
Bledsoe6291
Bedford6239
Macon5977
Hamblen4724
Maury4543
Hardeman4114
Fayette3685
Madison3522
Blount3403
Loudon3322
Rhea3150
Dyer2913
McMinn27619
Cheatham2693
Washington2610
Dickson2580
Lawrence2326
Cumberland2134
Sullivan2104
Anderson1952
Jefferson1821
Lauderdale1804
Gibson1771
Monroe1556
Greene1512
Smith1502
Coffee1410
Cocke1360
Hardin1257
Warren1230
Obion1192
Haywood1183
Franklin1163
Marshall1152
Wayne1150
Carter1031
Giles1031
Hickman1030
McNairy1011
Marion944
Hawkins862
Lincoln860
DeKalb850
White853
Roane810
Overton721
Henderson710
Weakley701
Campbell691
Claiborne680
Grundy652
Chester630
Unicoi590
Grainger560
Polk550
Carroll521
Crockett523
Henry510
Cannon490
Sequatchie490
Jackson470
Johnson460
Humphreys392
Meigs380
Perry370
Morgan311
Decatur270
Fentress260
Scott260
Stewart260
Union250
Moore210
Clay200
Houston200
Benton151
Hancock110
Lewis110
Van Buren90
Pickett70

 

 

Community Events