FBI to question Kavanaugh accuser as part of probe

By Mark Eadie

The FBI has contacted Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was a Yale student, as part of its investigation of the Supreme Court nominee.

Ms Ramirez’s lawyer, John Clune, said she has agreed to cooperate with agents over claims Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were Yale students.

President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Mr Kavanaugh’s background investigation after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegations.

Senate leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to “current credible allegations” and be finished by Friday.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate set the scope and duration of the investigation and the White House is letting the FBI agents “do what they are trained to do.”

The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees, but does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations.

Mr Kavanaugh and another accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who says he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, testified before the Committee on Thursday.

This article provided by NewsEdge.