Murkowski on Kavanaugh: FBI 'allowing for the investigation to take its course'
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Trump digs in on attacks against Republican leaders Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  MORE (R-Ak.) told reporters Tuesday she has been assured that the FBI is "conducting this background investigation as they do all background investigations" in response to questions about the scope of the probe into sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Murkowski joined Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFive reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' MORE (R-Az.) in demanding an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as a precondition for her voting to confirm the nominee.


Concerns have been raised in the past few days about whether the FBI will have free rein to pursue the allegations as they see fit because of White House directions.

But Murkowski says that those fears are unfounded.

"I have had a conversation with Mr. McGahn about the extent of what the FBI is doing, and what I have been assured is that they’re conducting this background investigation as they do all background investigations, allowing for the investigation to take its course," she told reporters. "So that’s important."

Murkowski stressed that her mind will not be made up until the investigation in concluded.

"But I think what we all need to do now is wait and see exactly what comes back," she said.

"I don’t know what’s going to be in it, I don’t know that anybody knows what’s going to be in it, so I’m not going to speculate."