FBI has ’free rein’ in Kavanaugh investigation

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The FBI is also investigating the allegation of Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied both allegations.

"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".

Denouncing the reported restraints the Trump White House is reportedly imposing on the FBI's investigation despite the president's vow of no limitations, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)wrote: "This is not how you conduct an investigation".

Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement. During testimony before the Senate judiciary committee which gripped the nation on Thursday, Ford said she was 100% certain it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her and described in vivid detail the night of the alleged attack at a house party outside Washington. Think about them! I have two children and can not imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, with the informal understanding that the FBI would investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

White House spokesman Raj Shah also told the Wall Street Journal that the "scope and duration has been set by the Senate", and the White House was "letting the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents do what they are trained to do".

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

In Alaska, Juneau voter Sally Saddler, an independent, said she voted for Murkowski in the past, but likely wouldn't back her again if the Republican senator decides to confirm Kavanaugh.

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. 74% of Republicans thought Kavanaugh was telling the truth compared to only 11% of Democrats.

Conway also revealed that she had been a victim of sexual assault. But if they really cared about a true investigation, Comey said there wouldn't be an alarm on the investigation.

But other women have spent hours calling Senate offices in support of Kavanaugh, condemning what they saw as an anti-Republican ploy that's damaged not only Kavanaugh's reputation and livelihood but also his accuser's. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope". "If I was unjustly accused, that's how I would feel, as well", Flake said. He is retiring at the end of the year and the Republican congresswoman seeking to replace him, Martha McSally, said nothing for much of this week before releasing a statement Friday afternoon noting Kavanaugh and Ford were "heard".

Flake later insisted on the FBI investigation to secure his vote allowing Kavanaugh's nomination to move out of the Judiciary Committee. "She did sign an affidavit, and I think it needs to be looked into, and that's all I'll say". "I believe in due process", she said.

Said Conway, "They both could be right - that something truly bad happened to her in the summer of 1982 by someone, somehow, somewhere, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved". The Times and the Journal reported that investigators did not intend to question Swetnick.

"I'm sorry that this bad thing happened to her at the hands of someone", Conger said.

  • Jon Douglas