Trump says FBI has 'free rein' in Kavanaugh investigation

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

"The Senate is dictating the terms". "I encourage them to use the next week to gather any additional relevant facts, and then act on this nomination".

Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union", "It's not meant to be a fishing expedition".

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, but that's what is needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about incidents said to have happened during his teenage years. Susan Collins - considered key swing votes - have both said they want Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 FBI and a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee did not immediately return requests for comment about the Times report.

After NBC News and the other outlets said Swetnick would not be questioned, the White House, which has stood by Kavanaugh throughout the fallout from an explosive Senate hearing on Thursday, denied it was limiting the investigation. Kavanaugh, in his testimony following Ford's, categorically denied the allegations. Two other women have accused the appeals court judge of sexual misconduct.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh, as a Yale University freshman, drunkenly exposed himself and shoved his penis in her face in front of a group of classmates, according to an account she gave to the New Yorker.

Swetnick's accusations, brought forward in a sworn statement by lawyer and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Avenatti, have been treated much more gingerly, including by Democrats, due to a lack of corroboration.

The others include Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said witnessed the assault and Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, who she said were at the gathering. The administration is said to be working closely with Senate Republicans on the matter, and Arizona Sen. But if they really cared about a true investigation, Comey said there wouldn't be an alarm on the investigation.

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Flake met with Democrats behind closed doors after the meeting before calling for a delay in the full Senate floor vote. However, the statement also says that they don't believe there should be any "artificial limits as to time or scope".

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.

Trump says in a statement that the updated investigation, which comes in response to sexual misconduct allegations, "must be limited in scope" and "completed in less than one week".

The White House can order investigators to pursue new lines of inquiry based on what they learn from their interviews.

Flake said that after discussing the matter with fellow senators, he felt it "would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week". "They want to talk to Ms. Ramirez, because she refused to talk to the committee". "They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do".

Kavanaugh says he's done "everything" the Senate has asked of him and "will continue to cooperate".

But, he said, he understood his anger. "You see what's happening right now", Trump said. Kavanaugh, testifying hours later, said he was "100 percent" certain that he was innocent of the accusation.

She even used her connections to write an opinion piece in USA Today entitled, "I confronted Jeff Flake over Brett Kavanaugh".

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But she expressed confidence that no new information will be uncovered, noting the allegations did not surface during the judge's six prior background checks for positions in the executive and judicial branches of government. "It's not my job to judge her because I don't know her".