Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House says not 'micromanaging' FBI probe of Kavanaugh

White House says not 'micromanaging' FBI probe of Kavanaugh

FBI agents investigating U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have contacted the second woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct, her attorney said on Saturday.

Four in 10 Americans believe sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while three in 10 do not and the rest do not know, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that split largely along party lines.

Another woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Deborah Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh took off his trousers and thrust his penis at her face at Yale party during their freshman year. His account has been particularly sought after because, unlike Kavanaugh, Judge has not denied Ford's allegations but has said he has no memory that such an assault occurred.

The FBI also has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, her attorney, John Clune, said in statement, adding that she has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition".

The new Trump tweet seems to contradict the presidents own statement from the 28th, saying that the FBI's investigation would be "limited in scope". "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you'll let people like that go to the highest court in the land", one weeping woman berated Flake, as he made his way to the committee room.

Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not "micromanaging" a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation.

Trump, speaking to reporters Saturday, noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "is all over, talking to everybody" - including women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and "I would expect it's going to turn out very well for the judge". Agents should get support from the Judiciary Committee for rapid immunity and subpoena decisions, he said.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said he thought some of Kavanaugh's exchanges with Sens. She said Kavanaugh and Judge were "extremely inebriated. and the other people at the party were not".

The investigation comes after Christine Blasey Ford, a northern California professor, alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school gathering in the 1980s. "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", Kavanaugh said.

In an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, Comey approved of the reopening of the FBI's background check into the Supreme Court nominee following the Senate hearing this week.

Flake told Pelley he had to hit the "pause button" after being confronted in an elevator on Friday morning. The list, reportedly drafted by Senate Republicans, did not include former classmates who had contradicted Kavanaugh's testimony about the extent of his youthful drinking and partying.

Testifying after Ford, Kavanaugh denied ever attacking her in an emotional rebuttal.

Continuing after a brief, somber pause, she said, "I'm a victim of sexual assault". But the FBI is moving quickly to contact people as part of the new background investigation, which President Donald Trump ordered on Friday under pressure from key members of his party. Blasey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she was certain Kavanaugh was the one to pin her down, force himself on her, attempt to take off her clothes and then hold a hand over her mouth when she tried to scream when they were teenagers. Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, the adult film actor and director who says she had a sexual affair with Trump, a claim the president denies.

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