A look at what the FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation will entail

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh -- with a catch

The White House has not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh but is also opposed an open-ended "fishing expedition" that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility, two Trump administration officials said Sunday.

Should they give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court after Ford's powerful testimony about sexual assault, Republicans risk enraging the women they need to preserve their House majority.

In a stunning reversal on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Trump administration to order the FBI to investigate the misconduct allegations - but only after the panel sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a final vote. Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegation and excoriated Senate Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

Sanders says the White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate the terms and scope of the investigation.

Typically, background investigations do not go back decades, but that's what is needed in Kavanaugh's case because the allegations are about incidents said to have happened during his teenage years.

WASHINGTON- After a dramatic flurry of last-minute negotiations, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle Friday, but his confirmation prospects were still deeply uncertain as Republicans agreed to ask for a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations.

The FBI will question Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when both were students at Yale University.

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Former FBI Director James Comey published an op-ed in The New York Times Sunday, schooling Republicans and President Donald Trump as they complain that the investigation can't be done properly and independently. While the scope of the investigation remains unclear, Trump says the FBI "has free rein" and that he wants agents to interview whomever they deem appropriate.

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. 74% of Republicans thought Kavanaugh was telling the truth compared to only 11% of Democrats. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also said she had not discussed the matter with McGahn.

The White House can order investigators to pursue other lines of inquiry and interviews if their interviews with people on the current list of witnesses lead them in that direction, and that may have been what Trump's tweet was referring to. "I didn't tell anyone and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you're going to ignore them".

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.

The panel voted on Friday, along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate, and Mr Flake then offered his proposal for the FBI investigation. "The FBI, this is what they do. You see what's happening right now", Trump said.

Lawyers for PJ 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. "They don't care who they hurt, who they have to run over to get power", he said. "This is a Democratic smear campaign, ' that I was surprised, struck to hear from a judicial nominee", Coons said. "It's not my job to judge her because I don't know her". Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. "They have to make sure that this is a credible investigation from beginning to end".

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