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WASHINGTON D.C.- APRIL 19 2018 The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Judicial Branch of government

The FBI has finished interviewing Mark Judge, a friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was said to have attended a high school party in the early 1980s where a woman says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, Judge's lawyer said Tuesday.

Democrats are also questioning Mr Kavanaugh's honesty, particularly over statements he made about his drinking in high school and college after a former classmate at Yale said he was a "frequent, heavy drinker".

Kavanaugh, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is under investigation by the FBI for allegations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college.

In his own testimony, Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

"My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".

"You can not discount what he is saying and professing at age 53 when it flies in the face of being truthful", Schumer said.

The FBI is expected to interview Judge Kavanaugh and some of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct - including Prof Ford, who testified last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "They are so in favor of Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said.

Quoting an unnamed senior USA official, NBC reported that the FBI's witness list does not include Julie Swetnick, the third accuser to come forward with a claim against Mr Kavanaugh. He came forward to claim the judge had not been truthful about his drinking during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

"But here's what we know ... one thing for sure". "There have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable".

President Trump stands firmly with the accused.

Ford has alleged that Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh assaulted her.

The agency is under White House orders to complete its probe by week's end but can interview anyone it wants, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Several people involved in the discussions said part of the challenge is in handling the Kavanaugh inquiry like a "regular" background check when the circumstances make it highly unusual.

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. Trump issued the order after Sen.

"I think they're playing a unsafe game with this overt play to generate enthusiasm from their white, male base". One of them is Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was greeted by hundreds of liberal protesters, victims of sexual assault among them, during an appearance Monday in Boston.

"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump said.

The New Haven Superior Court confirmed it has no records related to this incident and said the records would have been destroyed per its records "destruction schedule".

A lawyer for Mr Judge - a childhood friend of Mr Kavanaugh - said on Monday that his client's interview "has not been completed".

Opening speeches before Trump arrived also touched on abortion, Brett Kavanaugh, midterm elections and tax cuts.

And Charles Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's who's challenged the Supreme Court nominee's statements on his drinking habits, told The Washington Post on Sunday he planned to deliver a statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation detailing Kavanaugh's "violent drunken behavior" in college. Campbell said that in his experience with background checks or other investigations at the FBI, "I never encountered an instance where I was directed in regard to specifically talk to these people or don't talk to these people".

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