White House isn't 'micromanaging' FBI's Kavanaugh investigation: Sarah Sanders

White House isn't 'micromanaging' FBI's Kavanaugh investigation: Sarah Sanders

White House isn't 'micromanaging' FBI's Kavanaugh investigation: Sarah Sanders

Chris Coons said they launched a bipartisan effort to delay a confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh for a week so the FBI could investigate sexual misconduct claims against him because they were taken aback by the Supreme Court nominee's emotional and angry defense.

Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, once seen as assured, became uncertain after the allegations and then dramatic Senate testimony Thursday by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers. Hours later, Trump ordered an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh upon Republican Sen.

Ramirez, meanwhile, came forward with her own claim against Kavanaugh after Ford's story was published, accusing the Supreme Court nominee of exposing himself to her at a dorm-room party at Yale during the 1983-1984 school year.

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday".

The report had said that the White House counsel's office had given the Federal Bureau of Investigation a lot of the people they were permitted to interview, which would make it hard for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to follow leads and bring in corroborating witnesses.

President Donald Trump on Saturday told reporters that the FBI has "free rein" to do "whatever it is that they do" in the Kavanaugh investigation.

Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement.

President Donald Trump disputed earlier reports that said the White House was setting restrictions on the FBI's investigation.

"Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion", he tweeted. "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", Trump said at the White House.

Swetnick has claimed, in a sworn statement, that Kavanaugh and Judge engaged in lewd behaviour with young women at high school parties, and alleged the two placed drugs or alcohol in punch in order to inebriate women so they could be "gang raped" by other partygoers.

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Don McGahn is the current White House counsel, and a friend of Kavanaugh.

Under pressure from moderate members, Republican leaders said they would allow the new probe for up to one week, slowing their rush to confirm Kavanaugh shortly after the new high court term opens on Monday.

"I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said.

Trump says in a statement that the updated investigation, which comes in response to sexual misconduct allegations, "must be limited in scope" and "completed in less than one week". "The FBI, this is what they do". That's what happened to me and that's what you're telling all women in America, that they don't matter, that they should just keep it to themselves because if they had told the truth you're just going to help that man to power anyway. "I believe in due process", she said.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018. Ford says he was present during her alleged assault; he has said he has no memory of the alleged attack.

"A lot of times, you cope by suppressing and forgetting", said King, who leads the King University College Republicans.

"I'm sorry that this awful thing happened to her at the hands of someone", Conger said.

Jeff Flake was roundly booed after he lamely joked about the elevator tongue lashing he got from a distraught woman who said she was a victim of sexual assault. The Times and the Journal reported that investigators did not intend to question Swetnick.

"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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