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  • The White House is reportedly limiting the scope of the FBI’s
    investigation into sexual-misconduct allegations against Supreme
    Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • NBC News reported Saturday that the FBI will not be permitted
    to investigate claims by Julie Swetnick, the third woman who has
    come forward.
  • The FBI is also being restricted from investigating
    Kavanaugh’s account of his own drinking habits, according to NBC
    News.

The White House has set a number of limits on the one-week FBI
investigation into the sexual-misconduct allegations against
Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee,
NBC News reported Saturday.

Most notably, the FBI has been barred from investigating claims
by Julie Swetnick, the third woman who has come forward publicly
with decades-old allegations against Kavanaugh.

The FBI, however, has already begun investigating
accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez,
The Washington Post reported
Saturday. Ford testified against Kavanaugh in an emotional
hearing on Thursday, and Ramirez has alleged that Kavanaugh
exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale
University.

Swetnick has alleged in a sworn declaration that Kavanaugh was
present at a party in the early 1980s where she was gang raped.
During his hearing to address the allegations on Thursday,
Kavanaugh called Swetnick’s claims a “farce.”

Swetnick is represented by the attorney Michael Avenatti, who
tweeted on Saturday that the White House’s restrictions would
“undermine the legitimacy” of the entire investigation.

“If true, this is outrageous,” Avenatti tweeted. “Why are Trump and
his cronies in the Senate trying to prevent the American people
from learning the truth? Why do they insist on muzzling women
with information submitted under penalty of perjury? Why Ramirez
but not my client?”


Christine Blasey Ford
Christine Blasey
Ford.

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According to NBC News, another restriction the White House has
set bars the FBI from investigating Kavanaugh’s account of his
drinking habits
during high school and at Yale University.

Though Kavanaugh denied during his hearing that he had ever drank
to the point of blacking out, several of his old Yale classmates
have accused Kavanaugh of lying during the hearing, telling news
outlets they recall him drinking heavily.

“He frequently drank to excess,” Lynne Brookes, one of
Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmates told The New York Times. “I
know because I frequently drank to excess with him.”

Another restriction, according to NBC News, is that FBI
investigators cannot ask for employment records from the
supermarket that employed Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, whom
Ford alleges was present during the sexual assault.

Ford testified Thursday that she remembers seeing Judge looking “ill”
while he was working at a Safeway during the summer of 1982,
weeks after the assault. Ford told the senators she believed
Judge’s employment records would help her better recall the time
frame in which the alleged assault occurred.

The FBI investigation into Ford’s and Ramirez’s claims came after
a dramatic showdown in the Senate
Judiciary Committee
on Friday, in which Sen. Jeff Flake urged
his Republican colleagues to allow a one-week FBI investigation
into the Kavanaugh allegations.

Though Flake and the majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee
voted to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to a full Senate vote, he
struck a deal with Democrats to delay the vote for a week while
an FBI investigation goes ahead.

It’s unclear whether such restrictions on the FBI were what Flake
had in mind when he called for the investigation. Flake’s office
did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for
comment on Saturday.

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