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White House says not 'micromanaging' Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

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The FBI will not interview Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, according to multiple reports and Republican senator Lindsey Graham, highlighting the narrow scope of the agency's supplemental investigation into Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

In a stunning reversal on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Trump administration to order the FBI to investigate the misconduct allegations - but only after the panel sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

Both Judge and Kavanaugh have vehemently denied any allegation of misconduct.

Sanders said on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House is "not micromanaging this process" but also said an open-ended probe into Swetnick's claims and whether Kavanaugh may have misled lawmakers in his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony would not be acceptable.

Ms Sanders said Mr Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.

The lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale classmates, has agreed to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI will question Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when both were students at Yale University.

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

The president revisited the question of the scope of the FBI's probe in a late-night tweet Saturday, writing in part, "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".

Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said that he will co-operate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against him and Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kavanaugh says he's done "everything" the Senate has asked of him and "will continue to cooperate". Jeff Flake and Maine Sen.

Flake said that after discussing the matter with fellow senators, he felt it "would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week".

The White House can order investigators to pursue other lines of inquiry and interviews if their interviews with people on the current list of witnesses lead them in that direction, and that may have been what Trump's tweet was referring to. Why do they insist on muzzling women with information submitted under penalty of perjury? "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope".

Horn, a lifelong Republican and frequent Trump critic, described Ford as "the most credible person I have ever seen publicly talk about this".

"If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn't have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee", he said.

"Republicans have to ask themselves if they're willing not only to sell the soul of the party, but sell their own souls to get this particular conservative on the Supreme Court", Horn said in an interview. Ford says he was present during her alleged assault; he has said he has no memory of the alleged attack.

Said Conway, "They both could be right - that something truly very bad happened to her in the summer of 1982 by someone, somehow, somewhere, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved".

"I have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts", said Donnelly in a written statement. "That's what you're telling me right now". "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter and you're going to elect people who do these things into power".

Round, of Vermont, said she feels the whole episode could end up hurting Democrats more than helping them in this fall's elections, just more than a month away.