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White House says not 'micromanaging' Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

White House says not 'micromanaging' Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

The White House has not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh but is also opposed an open-ended "fishing expedition" that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility, two Trump administration officials said Sunday.

After NBC News and the other outlets said Swetnick would not be questioned, the White House, which has stood by Kavanaugh throughout the fallout from an explosive Senate hearing on Thursday, denied it was limiting the investigation. Both senators were instrumental in delaying a floor vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for one week while the FBI conducts an investigation into claims against him. Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegation and excoriated Senate Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

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

On Friday, September 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee formally asked the White House to order the FBI to carry out a supplemental background investigation, saying it should probe "current credible allegations" against the 53-year-old jurist, CNN reported.

But Coons said Kavanaugh, testifying last Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered more partisan lines, including that the accusations were revenge by the Clintons and a smear campaign carried out by Democrats upset with Trump's 2016 election win.

The FBI has been given a list of four witnesses to interview as part of a background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times reported.

Deborah Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, says agents want to interview her. Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s. Two other women besides Ford have also lodged public sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, with the informal understanding that the FBI would investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh. In a tweet Saturday, Mr. Trump wrote, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "I encourage them to use the next week to gather any additional relevant facts, and then act on this nomination".

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Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said that he will co-operate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

Democratic challenger Tom Malinowski says the issue goes beyond whether Kavanaugh should be on the court.

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"I need to go", Flake said.

Horn, a lifelong Republican and frequent Trump critic, described Ford as "the most credible person I have ever seen publicly talk about this".

Sanders said she was "not aware" whether McGahn had given the Federal Bureau of Investigation directions on who to interview or what to investigate. He is retiring at the end of the year and the Republican congresswoman seeking to replace him, Martha McSally, said nothing for much of this week before releasing a statement Friday afternoon noting Kavanaugh and Ford were "heard". Ford says he was present during her alleged assault; he has said he has no memory of the alleged attack.

"I'm sorry that this awful thing happened to her at the hands of someone", Conger said. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke" and Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations. "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and you're going to elect people who do these things into power".

"I have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts", said Donnelly in a written statement. It compiles information about the nominee's past and provides its findings to the White House, which passes them along to the committee. "I think you give a little leeway there".