Senior White House officials said on Sunday that they will not be “micromanaging” the FBI investigation into SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, insisting that the probe is a Senate process and its terms are dictated by lawmakers.
Early on into the Kavanaugh hearings, President Trump did not favor an FBI investigation into his nominee’s past. Now, the president has been painted into a corner after hearing Sen. Jeff Flake will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one.
President Trump does not feel, however, that the FBI will find anything, and is confident in his nominee.
“They have free rein,” Trump said Saturday. “They’re going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. They’ll be doing things that we have never even though of. Hopefully, at the conclusion, everything will be fine.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has made it clear that the president is ready and willing to “listen to the facts” of the FBI investigation, but is confident that no new information will be found.
The attorneys for all three women have said that their clients are willing to cooperate with the FBI, including Julie Swetnick’s attorney Micheal Avenatti, who said Saturday that his client had not been contacted by the FBI but is willing to cooperate.
Mark Judge is also at the center of the investigation, being described as one of Kavanaugh’s close friends. He too is also ready and willing to cooperate with the FBI in their investigation. Judge was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and and Julie Swetnick, both of which he “categorically” denies.