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How The FBI Will Investigate The Brett Kavanaugh Allegations

01 October 2018

"Or did he see Kavanaugh engage in it?"

But the White House made clear there would be limits to the probe.

The responses were divided largely along partisan lines - about two-thirds of Democrats said they believed the allegations and almost two-thirds of Republicans said they did not.

Kavanaugh has also forcefully denied the allegations by Swetnick, calling them completely false and ridiculous.

Speaking to supporters at a rally Saturday night in Wheeling, West Virginia, Trump accused Democrats of using "ruthless and outrageous tactics" against Kavanaugh and urged voters to support Republicans in November's midterm elections. "Hello! For them, it will never be enough - stay tuned and watch!" he wrote.

"I'm very concerned about this because the White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation", Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who sits on the judiciary committee, told CNN.

Former FBI Director James Comey expressed his approval of the reopening of the bureau's background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, writing in a New York Times op-ed that the assigned deadline is "idiotic".

Hatch, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made his request in a letter sent Saturday to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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. "And that should be the scope of it", Graham said. "But I was really struck that I thought his anger got the best of him".

Conway and Sanders both characterized the week-long probe as not meant to be a fishing expedition. The Democratic senator took issue with the timeline and scope of the investigation.

The agency can not force interviews in background check investigations, or in criminal investigations. The source noted that it was not a final list and that they were leaving open the possibility of additional witnesses.

The investigation comes after Christine Blasey Ford, a northern California professor, alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school gathering in the 1980s. Sanders added that the White House didn't expect significant new allegations to arise in the FBI investigation given six prior background checks into Kavanaugh.

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Flake said their "poignant" accounts came after he and other lawmakers saw an emotional and widespread response to Ford's testimony Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) charged Sunday that Sen.

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 cooperate "fully" with the FBI's investigation. Lisa Murkowski "wanted a limited review".

The poll found that 42 percent of adults said they believed the accusations, including about the same number of men and women.

What does Ms Ramirez say?

"It won't be a country I'd want to live in without due process".

Swetnick did not identify Kavanaugh or Judge as one of her attackers. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.

Judge said in a statement that he categorically denies Swetnick's allegations.

An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the investigation, including how many agents would be assigned and whether it could be completed in a week.

Swetnick and two other women, Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his high school and college years in the early 1980s.

This story is developing and being updated.

How The FBI Will Investigate The Brett Kavanaugh Allegations