White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation: report

The Hill

The White House has reportedly permitted the FBI to interview anyone deemed appropriate in its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The New York Times reported on Monday that the White House gave authorization to expand the investigation from an initial limited list of witnesses, provided that the review is completed by the end of the week.

The FBI has already spoken with the four individuals it had been given permission to speak to, the newspaper reported.

The Times report came shortly after President Trump insisted at a press conference that he wanted a “comprehensive investigation” of the claims against Kavanaugh, as long as it’s completed quickly.

“I think the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer,” Trump told reporters during a press conference announcing a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

“Now with that being said, I’d like it go go quickly,” he continued. “And the reason I’d like it to go quickly — very simple, so simple — because it’s unfair to (Kavanaugh) at this point.”

Trump suggested he was open to the FBI talking to whomever they wanted to interview — including Kavanaugh himself and all three women who have leveled accusations against him — but also suggested that his view of the investigation was colored by what the Senate GOP wanted.

“I’m guided by the Senate,” Trump said. “I want to make the Senate happy, because ultimately they’re making the judgment. I’m not making the judgment.”