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Senate Democrats request FBI probe three separate allegations against Kavanaugh

October 1, 2018

Senate Democrats sent a letter Monday asking the FBI to ensure a broad investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including more than two dozen interviews they want done.

Nine of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee sent the letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn, saying allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick must all be pursued to the fullest.

They also request the FBI inform them of the scope of their investigation, which witnesses they spoke to and who refused to cooperate with the supplemental investigation into the president’s nominee.

“We believe that providing this important information to the Senate and American people is the best way to ensure public confidence in the results,” they wrote in the letter.

Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, did not sign the letter with his colleagues. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Blasey Ford said Judge Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her 36 years ago at a high school party. Ms. Ramirez has told reporters the judge exposed himself at a party at Yale University 35 years ago. And Ms. Swetnick has signed a declaration accusing Judge Kavanaugh of being complicit in gang rape in high school.

None of the accusations have been corroborated by any contemporaneous witnesses. Those witnesses identified have all refuted the claims.

The FBI was tasked to restart its background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh after Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said he was withholding his vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, saying he wanted the probe to try to quell Democrats’ objections.

President Trump agreed last week and ordered the FBI investigation though the scope remains murky.

On Monday the president said he would let senators and Republicans who control the chamber dictate the scope, though it needed to be of “credible” allegations and must be done quickly.

Democratic senators said they want two dozen specific people interviewed, and also want the FBI to track down several anonymous complaints.

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