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