Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, once seen as assured, became uncertain after the allegations and then dramatic Senate testimony on Thursday by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.
President Donald Trump granted the probe Friday after senate leaders called on the delay of a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
The New York Times seemingly contradicted Trump's "free rein" claims Saturday, as it was reported the FBI investigation will in fact be limited to questioning four witnesses about the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh was questioned about the allegation by investigators from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the claim was subsequently reported on by a number of national news outlets. The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, making the votes of Murkowski and Collins crucial.
Since Trump authorized the probe, Democrats have done little but complain, suggesting that probe's limited scope ultimately prevents the Federal Bureau of Investigation from getting to the bottom of whether Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when the pair were in high school. "The FBI, this is what they do and we're out of the way".
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Trump said of the decision by Blasey Ford and her parents not to press charges against Kavanaugh more than three decades ago. While taking questions, a deadpan Trump called on Kurdistan TV reporter Rahim Rashidi, saying: "Yes, please".
Following reports by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal the White House, which has stood by Kavanaugh throughout the fallout from an explosive Senate hearing on Thursday, denies it was limiting the range of the investigation.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) assailed the investigation in an appearance on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos", calling the check a "farce" and demanding that the FBI leave the investigation open-ended. Ramirez has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.
Last week, Patrick J. Smyth, who attended Georgetown Prep high school with Kavanaugh, told the judiciary committee that he had no knowledge of the gathering or of any improper conduct by Kavanaugh. "Remember, they're not reaching a decision or recommendation". Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and Democratic Sen.
In addition to the people said to be at the party, investigators may seek out witnesses who can attest to the credibility of Ford, including her parents, the former agents said.
Kavanaugh, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has strongly denied the allegations. "I think that's going to be the focus of it".
In a Thursday night letter that followed an emotional and compelling day of hearings at which Kavanaugh again denied the almost four-decades-old allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of three named accusers, the ABA sided with Senate Democrats out of its "respect for the rule of law and due process under law". Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "From the very first moment [Kavanawugh was nominated], Democrats said, 'We're not going to support him, we're not going to vote for him.' And they were going to do everything within their power to fight him".
"I don't think there's ever been any person who's been under scrutiny like he has". They have deliberately and consciously turned the confirmation process into a witch hunt, knowing that any allegation - no matter how weird or unlikely - would be lovingly reported by their allies in the media.