White House denies ‘micromanaging’ Kavanaugh investigation

The White House is staying out of the newly ordered FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday.

“The White House isn’t intervening,” Sanders said. “We’re not micromanaging this process … and we’re letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like.”

President Trump and Senate GOP leaders, after initially pushing for a prompt confirmation vote, agreed to a one-week supplemental background check on Kavanaugh at the insistence of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who said he would vote no without one, potentially sinking Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Democrats are criticizing the administration for limiting the inquiry to interviews of as few as four people, saying that could make it a “farce.”

Trump said over the weekend that the FBI will have “free rein.”

The Associated Press

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