Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

FBI's Kavanaugh investigation appears narrow in scope

FBI's Kavanaugh investigation appears narrow in scope

The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, the Boulder woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, her attorney announced on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "The FBI, this is what they do".

"There's lingering doubt out there among a lot of people that we haven't taken every measure that we should to make sure that these allegations are dealt with, and so that's what this effort is about", he said.

The results then will be handed over to the White House, which would be responsible for turning it over to senators for review.

Kavanaugh and another of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Grassley then noted that members of the Senate had been given access to 307 judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote during his twelve years on the bench, over 500,000 pages of documents, over 40 hours of live testimony, and answers to more written questions than every prior Supreme Court nominee combined.

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.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. It also means that any cases the Supreme Court hears before a ninth justice is in place will be decided by just eight, raising the possibility of tie votes.

On Saturday, NBC News reported that the White House had constrained the FBI investigation by limiting its parameters. He said, "Thank you", but didn't response to questions on whether he believed Ford's testimony. Trump denied that story, tweeting that "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".

On Friday, Flake told reporters that he had very much "wanted to support" Kavanaugh, but he also wanted a "process we can be proud of".

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Friday evening's procedural motion means the Senate will officially be considering Kavanaugh's nomination while the FBI investigates sexual assault allegations against the judge.

Ramirez came forward with her allegation in The New Yorker, telling the publication that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at dormitory party while the two were undergraduate students at Yale.

Judge has said he would "cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations". There's no trust. In the investigation, they can't issue subpoenas like they should.

"We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms. Ramirez and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", John Clune, her lawyer, said in a statement Saturday, declining to comment further.

King spoke Friday after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

Trump told reporters Saturday that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise". The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators. She also said that Keyser "has significant health challenges".

Sanders spoke on "Fox News Sunday", and Conway appeared on CNN's "State of the Union".

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like and what the scope of the investigation is", she said.

Former FBI officials told USA TODAY the agency has considerable resources to dedicate to special investigations like this.

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