The Wall Street Journal: White House questioned over scope of FBI’s investigation into Kavanaugh

White House officials Sunday faced questions about reports that they want to limit the scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s one-week probe into sexual-assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as Democratic criticism mounted that President Donald Trump wasn’t allowing all of his Supreme Court nominee’s accusers to be interviewed.

The exact contours of the FBI’s investigation weren’t clear and could potentially evolve, as Trump and senior administration officials pushed back against reports that the White House dictated who would be interviewed as part of a reopening of Kavanaugh’s background investigation that lawmakers agreed to last week before the full Senate considers his nomination.

The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the parameters of the FBI probe, which are determined by the White House, would include interviews with the first two women who publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault but not a third, Julie Swetnick. She said last week in a sworn affidavit that the nominee attended parties decades ago where she was raped and tried to get women drunk at such gatherings. Swetnick didn’t say Kavanaugh raped her. The judge has repeatedly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Swetnick, said in an interview Sunday that the FBI hadn’t contacted either him or his client to arrange an interview. White House officials appearing on Sunday morning news shows rebutted reports that Trump’s team was seeking to limit the investigation but didn’t say that Swetnick would be interviewed.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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