Trump Gives Free Rein to the FBI to Investigate Kavanaugh, but With a Deadline. According to The New York Times, which cites two anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the FBI has already questioned the four witnesses it planned to interview under the original guidelines given by the White House to the investigation.
President Donald Trump has authorized the FBI to broaden his investigation into alleged sexual abuse by his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as long as he finishes that job before the weekend, The New York newspaper said today. Times and the CNN network.
The White House issued a new directive that allows the FBI to interview anyone it deems necessary to investigate allegations of abuse by three women against Kavanaugh after the Democratic opposition denounced that Trump had limited the scope of the inquiry on the issue.
“I want it to be a thorough investigation, I think that would be good for Judge Kavanaugh, but I also want him to go fast, because this is very unfair to him,” Trump said today during a press conference at the White House.
According to The New York Times, which cites two anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the FBI has already questioned the four witnesses it planned to interview under the original guidelines that the White House gave to the investigation.
This is Deborah Ramírez, one of the women who accused Kavanaugh; and three people related to Christine Blasey Ford, another of the alleged victims: classmates Leland Keyser, PJ Smyth, and Mark Judge.
The latter was an alleged accomplice in the sexual assault of Kavanaugh against Ford, who denounced last Thursday in a hearing before the Senate that both were drunk when the judge got on top of her, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth with the hand so he would not scream, although he did not rape her.
In a letter to the Senate last month, Judge said he did not remember anything similar to what Ford described, and rejected the version presented by the third woman who accused Trump’s nominee to the Supreme, Julie Swetnick, who claims that Kavanaugh and Judge were present in a room where she was raped by several men.
It is not clear if the FBI will be able to question all relevant persons for their investigation and process the information in the short term established by the White House.
The leader of the Senate Republican majority, Mitch McConnell, announced today that the vote to confirm Kavanaugh will be this week, which closes the door to the possibility of extending the FBI investigation if necessary.
The FBI report is not expected to be made public automatically, although senators will have access to it, according to CNN.
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