Third Kavanaugh accuser to be excluded from FBI investigation

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Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to step forward with allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has not heard from FBI investigators examining claims made by Ford and others, a member of her legal team said Sunday.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied both allegations.

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.

Mr. Trump quickly directed the FBI to conduct the probe at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee, writing in a statement that the investigation "must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week". Trump has said that no one can be interviewed to contradict the statements Kavanaugh made about his yearbook, anyone who refutes his description of his drinking problem and the Federal Bureau of Investigation cannot interview third accuser Julie Swetnick.

Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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.

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". While the scope of the investigation remains unclear, Trump says the FBI "has free rein" and that he wants agents to interview whomever they deem appropriate. "It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like".

In Alaska, Juneau voter Sally Saddler, an independent, said she voted for Murkowski in the past, but likely wouldn't back her again if the Republican senator decides to confirm Kavanaugh.

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In a separate action involving the FBI, Sen. 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.

Conway also revealed that she had been a victim of sexual assault.

"If you're going to use sexual assault to slow somebody down, it had better be the truth", Scott said. Why do they insist on muzzling women with information submitted under penalty of perjury?

Avenatti added: "How do you conduct a legitimate, fair [and] thorough investigation into allegations unless you interview the person actually making the allegations about her experiences, what she witnessed, and what facts and other witnesses she is aware of?"

Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after Ms Ford alleged he sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers. "While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it". "The FBI, this is what they do".

"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.

"A lot of times, you cope by suppressing and forgetting", said King, who leads the King University College Republicans. "This is a Democratic smear campaign, ' that I was surprised, struck to hear from a judicial nominee", Coons said.

Said Conway, "They both could be right - that something truly bad happened to her in the summer of 1982 by someone, somehow, somewhere, and that Judge Kavanaugh was not involved". "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter, that you're going to let people who do these things into power". It compiles information about the nominee's past and provides its findings to the White House, which passes them along to the committee.

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