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FBI To Investigate Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

Questions about the scope of the FBI investigation emerged over the weekend amid reports that Senate Republicans were working with the White House to contain the number of witnesses and the allegations to be investigated.

"What you'll have at the very end - I'm expecting by about Thursday - they're going to be taking all those reports, making one report, and providing [what's] like an executive summary that's going to summarize the findings", Gomez said.

The White House insisted it was not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.

"I don't think you should lie to Congress and there have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress", Trump told reporters gathered on the White House lawn.

"I have deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to this lifetime position and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts".

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The delay followed a dramatic televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of pinning her down and assaulting her in the 1980s. She also said that she was one of the victims, reported Business Insider.

■New questions are being raised by Democrats about whether, sexual misconduct allegations aside, Kavanaugh has been truthful about his drinking, and has showed the proper temperament to be a judge on the nation's highest court. Mitch McConnell, saying lawmakers should have a chance to digest and talk about the report before they have to decide on the judge's fate.

Quoting an unnamed senior United States official, NBC reported that the FBI's witness list does not include Julie Swetnick, the third accuser to come forward with a claim against Mr Kavanaugh.

Schumer said that to assert that Ford went public with her allegation for political reasons is "so unfair, is so wrong".

Mr Trump has denied imposing any restrictions, saying he wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to interview whoever they deem appropriate" in its check on his pick for the Supreme Court.

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The FBI has also interviewed Leland Keyser, who Ford said attended the same party. In a statement, Ludington said a group of friends had been staring at the man they said looked like Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40, the band they had just seen.

McConnell has sounded eager to get the Kavanaugh nomination across the floor this week, meaning the Kentucky Republican might set a vote for as early as Friday to limit debate on the confirmation.

Meanwhile, Harvard Law School confirmed on Tuesday that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh will not return to teach in January.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the top US court. But Ludington said he "cringed" when he watched Kavanaugh describe his drinking on a Fox News TV interview and in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed. The investigation was initiated at the direction of the White House after a request by Republican Sen.

Ms Ford shared her allegation at an extraordinary congressional hearing last week that also included Mr Kavanaugh's angry and emotional denial.

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Days after Ford made the allegation, Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh at Yale University said that the attorney exposed himself to her at a party in 1983-84.

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