Trump rips NBC over report on limits to Kavanaugh investigation

Trump rips NBC over report on limits to Kavanaugh investigation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE in a tweet late Saturday ripped NBC News after the network reported that the White House was limiting the scope of the FBI's investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people,” he said. “Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion.

“Please correct your reporting!”


Sources told the network that the FBI has not been permitted to investigate claims made by the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Julie Swetnick, and will instead focus on accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

Those sources said that the White House counsel’s office gave the FBI a list of witnesses it is permitted to interview.

The lawyer representing Swetnick, Michael Avenatti, said the development would be "outrageous" if true.

Trump told reporters on his way to a rally in West Virginia on Saturday that the FBI has “free rein” in its investigation.

“They’re going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. They’ll be doing things that we have never even thought of,” Trump said.

“And, hopefully, at the conclusion, everything will be fine,” he added.

A final Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation was delayed for a week so the bureau could re-open its background investigation into the nominee, who has denied the allegations.