FBI Kavanaugh probe won't look at Jewish woman's accusations

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington today

When President Donald Trump authorized the FBI to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, only one thing was certain: A media battle for the hearts and minds of the American people would ensue.

Her lawyer, John Clune, announced that the FBI had "reached out" to interview his client and she had agreed to co-operate with their investigation.

In a letter, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray that the accuser, whose name was redacted, be investigated for "potential violations of 18 U.S.C. ยงยง 1001 and 1505, for materially false statements [he] made to the Committee as part of its investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh".

As with the at least four other accusations of sexual misconduct for which the Judiciary Committee has investigated Kavanaugh, the judge flatly denied it occurred.

The tweet followed Trump telling reporters Saturday the FBI had "free rein" in the investigation, which was launched Friday following an emotional hearing Thursday with testimony by Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

The announcement, however, upended his party's plans to move quickly to confirm Kavanaugh and made clear what many had suspected: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., did not have the votes to proceed to Kavanaugh's nomination over the weekend.

Trump has instructed the FBI to re-open its background investigation for one week at the request of the Judiciary Committee.

However, the White House has reportedly blocked the FBI from investigating Swetnick's claims as officials work to limit the scope of the probe reopened by Trump Friday evening. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied that claim.

Kavanaugh and Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified publicly before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday. On Friday, Smyth said through his lawyer that he was "happy" to cooperate with the investigation.

Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he referred the matter to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the man's apparent false statements.

Perhaps. The FBI has wide discretion in determining the scope of the investigation. 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.

For their part, Democrats, who rightly believe that a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land demands extraordinary scrutiny of the nominee, kept pressing for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

It's still unclear who the FBI considers a "credible" individual who deserves an investigation from the agency during the short duration allowed for inquiry.

The senator then turned to the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, which was requested last week by Sen.

An undated photo provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence shows Deborah Ramirez. who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual impropriety when at Yale.

"It's risky in the sense that some of our colleagues take the position that all you need to do is listen to an accusation, and that's enough to make up your mind". "She said she didn't agree to have her letter released to the press..." But he told the senators he will "not be intimidated" into withdrawing even if "you may defeat me in the final vote", also warning Democrats that "what goes around, comes around".

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