Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick to be excluded from FBI investigation

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The FBI reached out to a second woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the woman's lawyer said Saturday.

The announcement by Deborah Ramirez's lawyer John Clune indicates that the FBI probe of Kavanaugh, ordered by US President Donald Trump on Friday, will look beyond separate allegations of attempted rape levelled against the conservative federal appeals court judge by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a dramatic Senate hearing this week.

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.

The reopened FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "a blessing in disguise", President Trump said Saturday - insisting he is not contemplating a replacement for his embattled would-be associate justice.

It was also not clear whether the FBI would investigate a series of allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has said that she witnessed a severely drunken Kavanaugh mistreat women at parties in high school and that he was present at parties where high school boys gang-raped teenage girls.

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"I'm very concerned about this because the White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation", Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who sits on the judiciary committee, told CNN.

Friday afternoon, the panel voted on whether or not to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

Psychology Professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Just what the FBI will investigate remains a mystery.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that the FBI would take its direction from the White House, not the Senate, and that the agency would interview a handful of people. She added that who will be interviewed was "up to the FBI" in its expanded background investigation into Kavanaugh.

Trump adviser Conway said on Sunday that she was the victim of sexual assault and that women who survive such experiences should be heard.

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Ramirez recently revealed that Kavanaugh exposed his private parts to her during a party at Yale University when they were both undergraduate students.

The source reiterated that the agents would make no conclusion about what witnesses tell them and would hand their results over to the White House, which is standard protocol in similar background investigations. "They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of", Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to West Virginia.

Kavanaugh, who serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has strongly denied the allegations. Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski.

On Thursday, Ford tearfully reiterated her account of the night she said Kavanaugh attacked her at a party they and at least four others attended at a house near Bethesda, Md.

The man's identity has not been released by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but he identifies himself as "Jeffrey Catalan" on Twitter. I'd like to find out who leaked the papers. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope". She described "uproarious laughter" by Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who's said he doesn't recall such an incident. They have deliberately and consciously turned the confirmation process into a witch hunt, knowing that any allegation - no matter how freaky or unlikely - would be lovingly reported by their allies in the media.

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Blasey Ford said the incident left her "drastically altered", but it was her "civic duty" to tell lawmakers what happened. In early July 2018, Ford said, she saw press reports of Kavanaugh shortlisted for potential Supreme Court nominees.

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