Hirono Criticizes Conduct of FBI Investigation Into Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake looks on during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake looks on during a markup hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

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 US investigative agency FBI will probe sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The poll, released on Sunday, follows an emotionally charged week in Washington, during which Kavanaugh's once-certain confirmation was jeopardized after three women made allegations against him, including accusations of assault and exposing himself in public in the 1980s.

Besides Ford, two other women have made similar allegations of misconduct.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Kavanaugh supporter, said testimony will be taken from Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were Yale classmates; her attorney said Saturday that she has agreed to cooperate. The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.

Swetnick is represented by the attorney Michael Avenatti, who tweeted on Saturday that the White House's restrictions would "undermine the legitimacy" of the entire investigation.

It may seem odd that a presidential social media account could up-end limitations placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the counsel, but the Department of Justice made just this case in November of past year, telling a district court that his tweets are "official statements of the President of the United States".

Sen. Jeff Flake said he chose to call for a delay of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote because the Senate is "just falling apart".

A false rape allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by a Rhode Island man has been referred to the FBI by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to determine if the lie obstructed the committee's investigation into the nominee.

Counselor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition". Agents should get support from the Judiciary Committee for rapid immunity and subpoena decisions, he said.

"We heard her provide details in that story that can be corroborated and other facts that can be uncovered if we hear from other witnesses", Blumenthal said.

A lawyer for Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford, said she will "cooperate fully" with an FBI investigation, according to CNN. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was the first to make that demand shortly before he voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate.

In an op-ed in The New York Times on Sunday, Comey approved of the reopening of the FBI's background check into the Supreme Court nominee following the Senate hearing this week.

Testifying after Ford, Kavanaugh denied ever attacking her in an emotional rebuttal.

While discussing the case on CNN, she said "I feel very empathetic, frankly, towards victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape". This mean that the full Senate will not vote early next week, as expected.

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

Trump said the NBC report was incorrect.

The witness list does not include several of Kavanaugh's former classmates who have contradicted Kavanaugh's other claims about his drinking and partying habits in high school and college. Chris Coons, a Democrat, walked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room to talk about next steps in Kavanaugh's confirmation. Ford says he was present during her alleged assault; he has said he has no memory of the alleged attack.

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