Trump says FBI has 'free rein' in Kavanaugh investigation

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today

ASSOCIATED PRESS Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today

Graham was referring to an allegation from another woman, Julie Swetnick, who has come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, saying they were present at the party in the early 1980s where she says she was gang-raped. She also is on the board for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for nonviolence in Boulder.

On Friday, the committee met, and while Judge Kavanaugh won approval along strictly partisan lines, one Republican member, Sen. It was not clear that agents had yet interviewed Ramirez.

A source briefed on the matter said the White House gave the limited scope of the investigation to the FBI based on what the Senate asked.

Klobuchar, D-Minn., who had a combative back-and-forth with Kavanaugh during his hearing on Thursday, said that there should be no limits on the investigation that the Trump administration ordered ahead of the Senate's vote to confirm the judge.

Kavanaugh on Friday continued to defend himself and said he will be cooperating with FBI investigators.

"We have not heard anything from the FBI, and with each passing hour, I'm growing increasingly concerned that this is a sham of an investigation". "They could wrap everything".

While the precise scope of the investigation remains unclear, Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday that "the FBI have free rein".

Brett Kavanaugh's alma mater - has joined the American Bar Association in asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to suspend its consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court until an FBI investigation is completed into multiple sexual assault allegations. He has forcefully and categorically denied them.

Swetnick did not identify Kavanaugh or Judge as one of her attackers.

Judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday he either does not recall or flatly rejects the allegations about his and Kavanaugh's behavior in high school.




Graham declared that judicial confirmations would be starkly different from now on, noting the "process before Kavanaugh, and the process after Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations made against him.

A lawyer for Smyth also said Friday that he is "happy to cooperate fully with this FBI investigation", and Keyser's attorney said in a letter to the committee that his client would also cooperate with the investigation.

"F.B.I. agents are experts at interviewing people and quickly dispatching leads to their colleagues around the world to follow with additional interviews", he wrote.

Franks wants to remind people this is a background check and not a criminal investigation. When investigators have completed their work, anything they've discovered will be turned over to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh's background check file. However, Trump later denied this part of the NBC News report, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation has free range to interview any witness "they deem appropriate".

In a separate action involving the FBI, Sen. "Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal".

Judge Kavanaugh angrily denied that he had ever assaulted her or anyone else.

In dueling appearances last Thursday, he and Ford told their stories during sworn testimony before the Senate Committee. Dr. Ford's testimony was a powerful moment for our country, and I am grateful to her and all the fearless women who were inspired by her to speak out and share their own stories.

Safeway, the chain that Ford testified seeing Judge arranging shopping carts at, did not respond to CNN's request for employment records. The Times and the Journal reported that investigators did not intend to question Swetnick.

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