Senate Vote on Supreme Court Kavanaugh Nominee Postponed for FBI Probe

The former FBI director, James Comey, weighed in Sunday on the recent firestorm surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the decision to order an FBI investigation into the sexual-misconduct allegations against him.

Trump bowed to pressure from moderate Senate Republicans and ordered an FBI investigation after Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor, detailed her claims at a Senate hearing on Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when the two were high school teenagers.

"Even if there's seven days, that's bad enough, but then to limit the FBI as to the scope and who they're going to question, that really - I don't want to use the word farce - but that's not the kind of investigation all of us are expecting the FBI to conduct", Sen.

Kavanaugh has denied both Ford's and Ramirez's allegations.

So while President Donald Trump may have been forced to reopen an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check on Kavanaugh, it is clear he is determined to get the process back on track in a strategy already inflaming partisan discord over the nomination.

White it remains unclear who else the FBI may engage during the investigation, at least two potentially key witnesses have said they intend to cooperate.

A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is disputing Kavanaugh's characterisation of his drinking while in college.

Deborah Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, says agents want to interview her. Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.

Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway denied during TV interviews Sunday that the White House is directing the process.

On Saturday, NBC News reported that the White House had constrained the FBI investigation by limiting its parameters.

As the investigation is not a criminal one, the FBI will not say whether they believe the allegations are true.

This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti on September 26.

"For them, it will never be enough!" he wrote on Twitter.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has been heavily involved in the process behind the scenes, suggested in an email to reporters on Sunday it did not view Swetnick's story as credible.

Is that because she is not on the White House-approved witness list?

Democrats have been alarmed at reports in United States media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation. Stewart said the investigation's scope "was set" by the three GOP senators Friday and "has not changed".

"The longer that the nomination remains open, we know that more and more of these scurrilous, anonymous and uncorroborated allegations will be made", Cornyn said.

Democrats, advocacy groups and non-congressional politicians called on the committee to delay its Friday vote so sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh can be vetted.

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