Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Ford has not been contacted by FBI yet in Kavanaugh investigation

Ford has not been contacted by FBI yet in Kavanaugh investigation

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".

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

Conway told CNN's "State of the Union" that she was only aware of the parameters the Senate set on the probe: "It will be limited in scope".

Trump had opposed another background review for Kavanaugh. "The FBI, this is what they do".

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.

Both Judge and Kavanaugh have vehemently denied any allegation of misconduct.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Kavanaugh wouldn't answer directly when he was asked Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted.

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. Judge has said in written statements that he does not recall the incident; Senate Republicans declined to call him to testify.

"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.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), speaking on CNN, said Kavanaugh's claims that he had never blacked out or suffered any memory loss while drinking "doesn't quite make sense to me" and said she hoped the Federal Bureau of Investigation would interview friends to determine whether that was credible.

It's not meant to be a fishing expedition."The White House is not getting involved in the FBI investigation in that way", she added".

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona crystalized the challenge before the GOP. "They want to talk to Ms. Ramirez, because she refused to talk to the committee".

"I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said.

On Monday, I was with the organization that I co-lead, the Center for Popular Democracy Action, and hundreds of people from across the country who came to D.C.to urge their senators to vote no on the Kavanaugh nomination.

"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 in an interview airing Sunday evening. Was it to promote her progressive organization (especially since she says they don't get big funding)? Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation.

"Look at me when I'm talking to you", she demanded.

"It'd be hard for me not to support her, but I really, really, really encourage her to vote against him", Noyes said of Collins, who doesn't face re-election until 2020.

The scope of the investigation, Klobuchar acknowledged, is up to the senators who will ultimately determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed. "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and you're going to elect people who do these things into power".

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.

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