White House not 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

Noah Berlatsky
Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch
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01 October, 2018

"President Trump's decision to order a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, comes in a time of nearly indescribable pain and anger, lies and attacks", Comey explained.

Judge, who California professor Christine Blasey Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against them.

The FBI investigation into Ford's and Ramirez's claims came after a dramatic showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, in which Flake urged his Republican colleagues to allow a one-week FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations.

In the days after a divided nation watched Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford deliver conflicting stories about what happened when they were teenagers, Republican campaign operatives acknowledged this is not the fight they wanted six weeks before Election Day.

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

The White House asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to share its findings after the four initial interviews, then Trump and his advisers will decide whether the accusations should be investigated further, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Ms Ramirez alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.

In what has become the year of the woman in national politics, there are no easy answers for a party aligned with a president who has dismissed more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.

Before the supplemental FBI investigation was ordered by the President on Friday afternoon, Sen. While the scope of the investigation remains unclear, Trump says the FBI "has free rein" and that he wants agents to interview whomever they deem appropriate.

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Female voices have echoed throughout the U.S. Senate this week demanding male senators justify their support for Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination despite an allegation of high school sexual assault.

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said officials at FBI headquarters typically will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the country for further investigation and will set a quick deadline. Jeff Flake and Maine Sen.

Conway also revealed that she had been a victim of sexual assault. They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of. "I didn't tell anyone and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you're going to ignore them".

The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday.

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to co-operate "fully" with the FBI's investigation.

The FBI can not force someone to talk to them as part of the process. "That's what you're telling me right now".

Though Flake and the majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote, he struck a deal with Democrats to delay the vote for a week while an FBI investigation goes ahead.

Ford testified Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh, not another man, assaulted her in 1982. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke" and Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations. "She did sign an affidavit, and I think it needs to be looked into, and that's all I'll say".

"I'm sorry that this bad thing happened to her at the hands of someone", Conger said. The Times and the Journal reported that investigators did not intend to question Swetnick.


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