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FBI Kavanaugh probe won't look at Jewish woman's accusations

01 October 2018

The FBI is also investigating the allegation of Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers in the Washington, DC, suburbs.

While we don't know whether Manchin will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrat did say he supports an FBI investigation.

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.

President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to reopen Mr Kavanaugh's background investigation on Friday.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like and what the scope of the investigation is, " she said.

According to NBC News, the White House counsel's office has also "given the Federal Bureau of Investigation a list of witnesses they are permitted to interview", a restriction that "may make it hard to pursue additional leads in a case in which a Supreme Court nominee has been accused of sexual assault".

Asked to square the accounts of Ford, whom Trump described as "a very credible witness", Conway said "I think they could both be right".

The investigation is the result of a dramatic day in Washington on Friday that by all appearances began with quick movement towards Kavanaugh's confirmation and ended with a pause in the process while the FBI steps in.

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Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday. Strzok was also recently fired, and has been criticized for sending texts disparaging Trump as a presidential candidate.

Following reports by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal the White House, which has stood by Kavanaugh throughout the fallout from an explosive Senate hearing on Thursday, denies it was limiting the range of the investigation.

White it remains unclear who else the FBI may engage during the investigation, at least two potentially key witnesses have said they intend to cooperate.

Ford recounted in detail how Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge allegedly attacked her in a bedroom during a small gathering at a house when the teen boys were both drunk.

Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away at a party during the 1983-84 school year at Yale. Two others, Swetnick and Debbie Ramirez, have publicly come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of other sexual misconduct. "They have to make sure that this is a credible investigation from beginning to end".

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) - for a "limited review". Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) with claims that he knew someone sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

In dueling appearances last Thursday, he and Ford told their stories during sworn testimony before the Judiciary Committee.

"I think it will work out very well for the country", Trump said.

Ford testified that Kavanaugh and a friend pulled her into a bedroom at a house party when they were teenagers.

The Judiciary Committee later questioned Kavanaugh about the allegations, which he vehemently denied. Ms. Swetnick claims that she and Kavanaugh attended multiple parties in which young women were drugged and gang-raped.

FBI Kavanaugh probe won't look at Jewish woman's accusations