Ex-FBI director James Comey approves of Kavanaugh probe

Charlene Craig
October 1, 2018

The FBI is free to investigate any sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that it deems credible, two White House spokeswomen said on Sunday, rebuffing reports that the administration has tried to limit the probe.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday asked the FBI to investigate a person who allegedly gave "false statements" to the committee alleging "misconduct" by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by three different women, denied in his testimony that there was any possibility he ever drank so much alcohol that he may have lapses in his memory.

Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's, said the judge exposed himself to her at a 1983 party while she and friends were playing a drinking game.

Republicans and Kavanaugh's defenders have argued that because the alleged assault happened 36 years ago, Ford may be remembering it wrong, and that it should carry less weight compared to Kavanaugh's standing since then.

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"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Clune revealed in a tweet on Sunday morning.

While the precise scope of the reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh remained unclear, Trump told reporters on Saturday that "the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise".

Key Democrats in Montana, Indiana and Florida - all states won by President Trump in 2016 - revealed their decision to vote against Judge Kavanaugh late last week, after dramatic testimony a day earlier that saw him and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, testify about the alleged assault.

The President also said that having the FBI conduct a thorough investigation could be "a blessing in disguise" and predicted that the agency would have the probe done in less than a week.

"There's going to be a supplemental FBI background investigation", he said. Following the agreement for the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh, the focus has moved to how the probe will be handled, its ultimate findings and whether it will put to rest fears about a lack of due diligence over the nominee for the nation's highest court.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House "is not micromanaging this process".

Senior Trump administration officials insisted Sunday that the White House is not "micromanaging" a new Federal Bureau of Investigation background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming the probe is a Senate process and that lawmakers are the only ones dictating its parameters. "I think he's going to be fine". Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. The FBI's interviews, which will take a few days to conduct, won't turn into a sprawling inquest of everyone Kavanaugh went to a party with in high school, said a person familiar with the investigation. "Judge Kavanagh said it didn't, 100 percent, so what do you do?"

Kavanaugh said in a statement that he had done "everything" requested of him and would "continue to co-operate".

Kavanaugh and Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Swetnik claimed that she was raped by such a group at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge were present. As a result, a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed for up to a week. Chris Coons, a Democrat, walked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room to talk about next steps in Kavanaugh's confirmation. "She looks forward to being of any assistance she can".

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