The FBI has not commented on the President's order, but a background investigation for a presidential appointee, like Kavanaugh, would also likely have a layer of oversight from the highest levels of the FBI's headquarters in Washington, and senior agents could be brought in to bolster the background investigation squad for the most sensitive interviews, former agents said.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway backed up Trump's claim Sunday, saying in an interview on CNN'sState of the Union that though the investigation will be "limited in scope" and is "not meant to be a fishing expedition", the Trump administration "is not getting involved" by prohibiting investigators from looking into Swetnick's claims.
"The Senate must vote!"
While the precise scope of the reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh remained unclear, Trump told reporters on Saturday that "the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise".
Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during parties in the 1980s when he attended Georgetown Prepatory School.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the parameters of the probe are based on the wishes of three wavering colleagues - Sens.
Recognizing that Flake and a handful of other senators' votes appeared contingent upon the investigation, Republican leaders and the White House relented.
The senator then turned to the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, which was requested last week by Sen.
Trump adviser Conway said on Sunday that she was the victim of sexual assault and that women who survive such experiences should be heard.
A lawyer for Ramirez confirmed Saturday that his client - who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory when they were undergraduates - will cooperate fully with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Swetnick is one of the women who has publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. When investigators have completed their work, anything they've discovered will be turned over to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh's background check file. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), whose vote for the nominee remains uncertain. While they paid lip service to Dr. Ford, it was clear the majority in the committee had every intention of forwarding the nomination to the entire Senate.
Said Conway, "They both could be right - that something truly terrible happened to her in the summer of 1982 by someone, somehow, somewhere, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved". "I do think the big question is, was that Brett Kavanaugh?". Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat who sits on the Judiciary Committee, received a call on Monday concerning an allegation - now found to be false - of a 1985 incident in Newport where a woman was sexually assaulted on a boat by two heavily inebriated men she referred to as "Brett and Mark". "And I think it's a very, very risky place and a very unsafe road for America to go down, to simply take an accusation and make it fact".
He says Swetnick's allegations are "so bizarre" and he "would remember actions so outlandish". The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday.