White House not ‘micromanaging’ Kavanaugh probe

Sheldon Whitehouse has outlined what he thinks are the proper elements of a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to step forward with allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has not heard from FBI investigators examining claims made by Ford and others, a member of her legal team said Sunday.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., requested an investigation last Friday - after he and other Republicans on the panel voted along strict party lines in favour of Kavanaugh's confirmation - as a condition for his own subsequent vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.

The FBI is now conducting a supplemental background investigation "limited to current credible allegations" of sexual assault and misconduct against Kavanaugh, with a deadline of Friday to conclude its probe. "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".

A lawyer for the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale says she has agreed to cooperate with an FBI investigation.

In an interview with the magazine, Ramirez said that she realized if she ever did speak with agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she knew she would be questioned about some lapses in her memory, her drinking at the party and her motivation for coming forward.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on Klobuchar's allegation that the administration would micromanage the probe.

"Is that because she is not on the White House-approved witness list?" tweeted NBC investigative reporter Ken Dilanian.

Comey offered some insight into FBI agents' potential angle on the background investigation: "They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago".

In response to her testimony, Mr Kavanaugh said he had never assaulted her or anyone else.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, said in an email to Reuters that his client has not been contacted by investigators. "They'll be doing things we have never even thought of. and hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine".

"It's a Senate process". Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations.

"The White House should not be allowed to micromanage a FBI investigation", Klobuchar said on CNN. Stewart said the investigation's scope "was set" by the three GOP senators Friday and "has not changed".

Is that because she is not on the White House-approved witness list?

"I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file".

Asked on Saturday about whether he needs a backup plan in the event that Kavanaugh's nomination fails, President Trump said, "I don't need a backup plan".

But on Friday, when it appeared they might not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh without allowing a probe, they agreed to delay the confirmation vote by a week and Trump directed the FBI to investigate.

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