White House Limits FBI Investigation Into Brett Kavanaugh Allegations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing

The four-paragraph letter, addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Sen.

Last Sunday in this space we demanded an FBI investigation of a sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court by President Donald J. Trump.

"She has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Ramirez attorney John Clune said in a statement.

"Based on what we publicly know as far as the universe of people, I don't see any reason why the FBI could not complete an investigation within one week", said Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer and expert in security clearance and background investigations.

While speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford also alleged that Judge was present when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from IL, said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, but that's what is needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about incidents said to have happened during his teenage years.

There has been a pattern of leaks, Cassidy said, to assassinate Kavanaugh's character.

Judge Kavanaugh "categorically denied" the accusations during an interview on September 25.

However, the White House has reportedly blocked the FBI from investigating Swetnick's claims as officials work to limit the scope of the probe reopened by Trump Friday evening.

Immediately afterNBC's story was published on Saturday, commentators and activists immediately began sending the story to Sen.

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But I want you to know, I didn't forget to do it, because I would do that just as she was about to speak. Asked how certain she was Justice Kavanaugh had assaulted her, she said "100 per cent".

It's unclear whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be able interview additional witnesses, perhaps with the White House's permission, should the need arise.

"They have free reign, they can do whatever they have to do, whatever it is that they do", said President Trump.

"The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know", Grassley wrote.

"Was it Sen. Feinstein?"

Keyser, a longtime friend of Blasey's, has said she does not recall the gathering in question.

"I've never known McConnell to be anything other than candid and honest", said Jennings, who did not have direct knowledge of the conversations with the White House. "Which Democrat leaked the papers". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., received a letter in July from Ford, a California research psychologist who alleges Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her during a high school party when they were both teenagers. Judge Kavanaugh is expected to tilt the court in favour of conservatives. Judge has said he has no memory of such an assault ever occurring.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, said in a Twitter post on Sunday that his client has not been contacted by investigators. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate".

A person familiar with the matter told CNN that Senate Republicans drafted the initial list of people it wanted the FBI to interview in the investigation and gave the list to the White House. "Instead, its investigators are expected to pursue the same kind of background inquiry they have conducted on Kavanaugh in the past, focused on the new allegations".

"I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me", she told the panel, adding she believed he was going to rape her.

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