W. House de­nies 'mi­cro­manag­ing' in­quiry into top court pick

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials de­nied to­day that they were try­ing to "mi­cro­man­age" the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion of con­tro­ver­sial Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, say­ing the terms of the in­quiry were set by the US Se­nate.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day or­dered a new FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Ka­vanaugh, as the Se­nate de­layed a fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion vote.

At a dra­matic tele­vised hear­ing Thurs­day, univer­sity pro­fes­sor Chris­tine Blasey Ford ac­cused the judge of pin­ning her down and as­sault­ing her in the 1980s; he vig­or­ously de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

But con­fu­sion emerged over the week­end as to the scope of the new, one-week in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was or­dered amid a na­tion­wide out­pour­ing of con­cern both by Ford's sup­port­ers and by those who in­sist on Ka­vanaugh's in­no­cence.

Both the and NBC News cited mul­ti­ple sources as say­ing the White House was lim­it­ing the wit­nesses the FBI could ques­tion.

But Mr Trump sub­se­quently in­sisted on Twit­ter that the FBI had "free rein" to pur­sue the mat­ter as it saw fit.

"I want them to in­ter­view who­ever they deem ap­pro­pri­ate, at their dis­cre­tion," the pres­i­dent tweeted late on Sat­ur­day.

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