Following the Democrat backlash accusing the White House of limiting the scope of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, the White House has told the F.B.I. to expand the investigation and interview anyone it deems necessary, according to the New York Times.
Following Donald Trump’s order on Friday for the F.B.I to carry out a 1-week investigation into the allegations, The New York Times reported that the F.B.I. has completed interviews with four witnesses recommended by the White House and the Senate Republicans.
These four witnesses were: Kavanaugh’s high school friends, Mark Judge and P.J. Smyth; Leland Keyser, the high school friend of his accuser; and Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser to make allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden today, Donald Trump authorized the F.B.I. to expand its investigation. He said he would have no problem with agents interviewing Kavanaugh.
Trump also responded warmly to the idea of the F.B.I. interviewing a third accuser, Ms. Swetnick, who was not among the four witnesses already interviewed, providing her allegations seemed credible. He said, “if there is any credibility, interview the third one.”
“I want it to be comprehensive. I think it’s actually a good thing for Judge Kavanaugh”, Trump said.
The President stipulated that his main concern was that the investigation be carried out quickly. He specified that he wanted the investigation concluded by Friday.
“They should also be guided, and I’m being guided, by what the senators are looking for”, he conceded. Republicans within the Senate requested an investigation but were also clear in their demands for the investigation to last no longer than a week.
Following the President’s comments, the New York Times confirmed that White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, had made a call to the F.B.I. regarding the ongoing investigation.
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