Kavanaugh accuser Ramirez contacted by Federal Bureau of Investigation, says lawyer

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Media captionRepublican Senator Jeff Flake is challenged by a sexual assault survivor.

Conway and press secretary Sarah Sanders, who appeared on Fox News Sunday, both insisted the White House was not micro-managing the investigation. We're not micromanaging this process.

But with Republicans holding a slim two-vote majority - 51-49 - McConnell can ill afford dissension within the ranks.

"The Senate is dictating the terms".

Investigators compile information about a nominee's past and provide findings to the agency that requested the background check; in this case, it's the White House.

Indeed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not tasked with drawing conclusions, but, Comey wrote, "their granular factual presentation will spotlight the areas of conflict and allow decision makers to reach their own conclusions".

In another tweet he wrote: 'It is critically important that the public be informed of any hidden effort to limit the scope of the FBI investigation.

"They have free reign, they can do whatever they have to do, whatever it is that they do", said President Trump. They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do.

On Friday, the president also said he had no message for senators who are undecided about whether or not to support Kavanaugh, saying they have to do what they think is right and they "have to be comfortable with themselves". Trump denied that story, tweeting that "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". The FBI investigation, which is set to take no longer than one week, was requested by key swing-vote senators, including Sens.

"Based on what we publicly know as far as the universe of people, I don't see any reason why the FBI could not complete an investigation within one week", said Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer and expert in security clearance and background investigations. He already had been accused by another woman of attempted sexual assault when the two were in high school.

The woman, Deborah Ramirez, has agreed to cooperate with the FBI investigation, according to a statement issued by her attorney, John Clune.

Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory, when they were undergraduates.

Leland Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford since high school, has issued a second letter confirming that she does not know Brett Kavanaugh and that she can not corroborate the claims that Ford has made against the Supreme Court nominee.

Kavanaugh has also forcefully denied the allegations by Swetnick, calling them completely false and ridiculous.

An attorney for Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Saturday night.

Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, accusing Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a house party in Maryland in the early 1980s.

Judge said in a statement that he categorically denies Swetnick's allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favour of Kavanaugh along party lines on Friday.

Trump also said the probe could end up being a "blessing in disguise" if the allegations are revealed to be a plot hatched by the Democrats, as many Republicans have speculated. "They should be looking at anything they think is credible within this limited scope". Sanders added that the White House didn't expect significant new allegations to arise in the FBI investigation given six prior background checks into Kavanaugh.