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FBI sought interview with Brett Kavanaugh accuser Friday night: report

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Director Christopher Wray meets with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa,
in Washington DC, June 29, 2017.

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  • FBI agents were homing in on a potential witness to
    interview on Friday night, shortly after President Donald Trump
    authorized the agency to conduct a supplemental background
    check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Los Angeles
    Times report.
  • FBI agents reportedly took steps to schedule an
    interview with one of the two additional women who came forward
    with their own accusations of sexual misconduct against
    Kavanaugh.
  • The attorneys for one of the two women were reportedly
    contacted by the FBI to schedule an interview “as early as
    tonight,” a source for the LA Times said.

FBI agents were homing in on a potential witness to interview on
Friday night, shortly after President Donald Trump authorized the
agency to conduct a supplemental background check on Judge Brett
Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, sources in
Los
Angeles Times report
published Friday.

FBI agents reportedly aimed to schedule an interview with one of
the two additional women who came forward with their own
accusations of sexual misconduct involving Kavanaugh. Christine
Blasey Ford, a California-based professor who alleged Kavanaugh
was “stumbling drunk” when he sexually assaulted her during a
small party in the 1980s, was the first accuser who was publicly
identified.

Following the publication of Ford’s account in a
Washington Post report
on September 16, Deborah Ramirez, a
fellow Yale classmate, and Julie Swetnick, a woman who claimed to
have witnessed Kavanaugh display “abusive and physically
aggressive behavior toward girls,” came forward with their own
reports about Kavanaugh.

It was unclear if the woman the FBI reportedly took interest in
on Friday was either Ramirez and Swetnick — the LA Times report
did not reveal the woman’s identity.

The attorneys for one of the two women from the report were
reportedly contacted by the FBI to schedule an interview “as
early as tonight,” a source for The Times said. The sources added
that the process could start sometime during the weekend.

On Thursday, lawmakers from the Senate Judiciary Committee
listened to emotional testimonies from both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Ford recounted how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over
her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started
to yell. Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied the
allegation, but stopped short of claiming Ford had fabricated the
incident.

Asked multiple times by lawmakers if he believed an FBI
investigation would be prudent, Kavanaugh dodged the question and
deferred the decision to the Judiciary Committee.

“I welcome whatever the committee wants to do, because I’m
telling the truth,” Kavanaugh said during the hearing.

On Friday, the committee voted along party lines to move
Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor. During the procedural
vote, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona conditioned his
approval by asking that an FBI investigation, one that was
“limited in time and scope,” be conducted prior to a formal vote
by the entire Senate.

The final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh is tentatively
scheduled for Tuesday.

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