White House says not 'micromanaging' FBI probe of Kavanaugh

"President Trump's decision to order a one-week investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, comes in a time of nearly indescribable pain and anger, lies and attacks", Comey explained.

During the Senate hearing on Friday, Flake huddled with Coons and other Democrats on the panel to enlist support for a bipartisan effort to call for a one week delay so the FBI could investigate the claims made by a number of women against Kavanaugh.

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday."The Senate is dictating the terms", she said". Trump denied that story, tweeting that he wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview anyone they "deem appropriate."Trump said on Twitter the NBC report was incorrect".

A lawyer for the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale says she has agreed to cooperate with an FBI investigation.

Deborah Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, said Saturday that agents want to interview Ramirez, who has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

The new Trump tweet seems to contradict the presidents own statement from the 28th, saying that the FBI's investigation would be "limited in scope".

The president revisited the question of "scope" on Twitter, writing in part: "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". "I encourage them to use the next week to gather any additional relevant facts, and then act on this nomination".

A good agent, he said, "would address Kavanaugh's behavior and demeanor and credibility during his high school years".

She expressed sympathy for Ford, but said Kavanaugh deserved protection, too. Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican who surprised colleagues by announcing his support for Kavanaugh early Friday only to call for further investigation a few hours later. Two others said by Ford to have been present for the party have also said they do not recall it.

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"Look at me when I'm talking to you", one woman cried as Flake stood uncomfortably in the elevator.

"Having them do a thorough investigation, I actually think it will be a blessing in disguise", Trump said. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well.

In a tweet on Saturday night, Trump sought to deny news reports that he was limiting the scope of the FBI investigation.

"To see his family behind him, as Chris said, it was anger, but if I were unjustly accused, that's how I would feel as well", Flake said in an interview airing Sunday evening.

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

The others include Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said witnessed the assault and Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, who she said were at the gathering.

Ford testified Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh, not another man, assaulted her in 1982. "I think you give a little leeway there".

Emma Scott, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman from Charleston, South Carolina, said that, while she doesn't doubt Ford endured a trauma of some kind, she wasn't convinced it could be tied to Kavanaugh. The Times and the Journal reported that investigators did not intend to question Swetnick. I haven't met her.

"It'd be hard for me not to support her, but I really, really, really encourage her to vote against him", Noyes said of Collins, who doesn't face re-election until 2020.

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