Flake, Coons say they were taken aback by Kavanaugh's 'partisan' testimony

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Just 24 hours after caving to pressure from the Senate and requesting an FBI probe into the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump is reportedly already working to impose strict limitations on the scope of the investigation-a move that has been denounced as a flagrant attempt to further rig the process in Kavanaugh's favor.

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.

In a stunning reversal on Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Trump administration to order the FBI to investigate the misconduct allegations - but only after the panel sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a final vote. Amy Klobuchar over allegations that he drank to excess during his school years, Kavanaugh asked her, "If you're asking about blackout".

"The White House is not micromanaging this process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday."The Senate is dictating the terms", she said".

Democrats urged the FBI to investigate Swetnick's claims and voiced concern that the White House may be narrowing the scope of the agency's work.

President Donald Trump on Saturday told reporters that the FBI has "free rein" to do "whatever it is that they do" in the Kavanaugh investigation.

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. "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion. They laid out the request, and we've opened it up", she said, adding, "This can't become a fishing expedition like the Democrats would like to see it be". In her gripping testimony, Ford said Kavanaugh and Judge's laughter during the incident has stuck with her almost four decades later.

Flake, who prompted the new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe by threatening to withhold his vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said in a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday that he found Kavanaugh's testimony Thursday to be "partisan" at times and that "his interaction with some of the members was a little too sharp". Jeff Flake and Maine Sen. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also said she had not discussed the matter with McGahn. Why do they insist on muzzling women with information submitted under penalty of perjury?

Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it was his understanding there would be an FBI investigation of "the outstanding allegations, the three of them", but Republicans have not said whether that was their understanding as well. Was it to promote her progressive organization (especially since she says they don't get big funding)?

The panel voted on Friday, along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate, and Mr Flake then offered his proposal for the FBI investigation.

As the FBI begins a seven-day investigation into accusations of sexual assault that Trump says never happened, some are describing it a scam.

Ford testified Thursday that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh, not another man, assaulted her in 1982. Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation.

"A lot of times, you cope by suppressing and forgetting", said King, who leads the King University College Republicans.

"I have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts", said Donnelly in a written statement.

"I'm sorry that this awful thing happened to her at the hands of someone", Conger said.

"Look at me when I'm talking to you", she demanded. 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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