Federal Bureau of Investigation probe ordered, Donnelly announces vote against Kavanaugh

The FBI will not interview Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, according to multiple reports and Republican senator Lindsey Graham, highlighting the narrow scope of the agency's supplemental investigation into Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Independents were in between, with slightly more believing Ford (33%) than Kavanaugh (32%) and higher percentages not sure about either.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway denied during TV interviews Sunday that the White House is directing the process.

The report had said that the White House counsel's office had given the Federal Bureau of Investigation a lot of the people they were permitted to interview, which would make it hard for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to follow leads and bring in corroborating witnesses.

Trump, who has been backing his candidate to the core and blamed the Opposition over the controversy, told the reporters here on his way to a rally in West Virginia that the probe agency is free to do whatever they have to.

Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

The FBI will question Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when both were students at Yale University.

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.

The president revisited the question of the scope of the FBI's probe in a late-night tweet Saturday, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", Trump said at the White House.

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.

Kavanaugh says he's done "everything" the Senate has asked of him and "will continue to cooperate". Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican who surprised colleagues by announcing his support for Kavanaugh early Friday only to call for further investigation a few hours later.


Susan Conger, 64, a former math teacher from Augusta, Georgia, who also worked in the Reagan administration, said she turned off her television during Thursday's hearing but has followed the news coverage of the testimony.

"A lot of people who have not been through this - thank God they have not been through this - don't understand that a lot of us don't immediately go to law enforcement", McSally said. "They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do".

The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday. "The FBI, this is what they do".

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.

"To see his family behind him, as Chris said, it was anger - but if I were unjustly accused, that's how I would feel as well", Flake said.

"If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn't have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee", he said.

"Ford is political collateral, and they do not care", Mace said.

Said Conway, "They both could be right - that something truly very bad happened to her in the summer of 1982 by someone, somehow, somewhere, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved".

Another wing of the party was just as convinced that Republicans would trigger Election Day doom should they fail to confirm Trump's Supreme Court pick. "It's not my job to judge her because I don't know her".


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