White House not ‘micromanaging’ Kavanaugh probe

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks during the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh’s friend, says he’ll cooperate with the investigation

John Clune, attorney for Deborah Ramirez has indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe has contacted his client as they begin to look outside of Dr. Chrstine Blasey Ford's assault allegations.

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.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sought a "criminal review of the actions by a named individual who provided Congress with the information, diverting Committee resources from an ongoing investigation", said the Judiciary Committee in a statement on Saturday.

Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room with Kavanaugh when he pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth while trying to remove her clothes, has also denied the incident took place.

Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said Friday that the FBI's supplemental investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh must cover what she called "the three credible" reports of misconduct.

Trump has instructed the FBI to re-open its background investigation for one week at the request of the Judiciary Committee. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", the president said in a statement after the committee hearing.

"Notably, Ms Keyser does not refute Dr Ford's account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr Ford's account", her lawyer wrote.

The source reiterated that the agents would make no conclusion about what witnesses tell them and would hand their results over to the White House.

Kavanaugh was interviewed by the committee on Tuesday about the allegation and categorically denied the claim.

Ford said the alleged attack had caused her lasting trauma, and she was visibly anguished as she recalled the events Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He said Flake's request for an investigation was a "blessing in disguise". The Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.

The allegations against Kavanaugh have riveted the country even as they raised doubts about his confirmation chances.

Speaking on "Face the Nation", Klobuchar defended her questioning of Kavanaugh's drinking during high school, saying: "I think that is relevant because when I was asking him about whether or not he had blacked out, or maybe partially blacked out in the past because of excessive drinking, he just turned it back on me instead of really answering that question".

Trump ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, delaying a final vote on the nomination.

In addition to the people said to be at the party, investigators may seek out witnesses who can attest to the credibility of Ford, including her parents, the former agents said. But the senator said that unless the FBI investigation revealed new concerns, he was likely to support the judge's confirmation. "I never committed sexual assault".

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Saturday that it had referred to the Department of Justice an "apparent false statement" made about Surpeme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 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.

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