Lawyer for ex-Kavanaugh classmate confirms FBI interview

The lawyer for Patrick J. Smyth, a former classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, confirmed on Monday that his client has spoken to the FBI as part of its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Eric Bruce, the attorney representing Smyth, said in a statement that Smyth reiterated his previous claim that he does not remember the party where Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh attacked her. 

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Ford has named Smyth as another attendee at the 1982 party.

"Patrick J. Smyth has fully cooperated with the FBI investigation in this matter," Bruce said in the statement obtained by The Hill.

"He truthfully answered every question the FBI asked him and, consistent with the information he previously provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he indicated that he has no knowledge of the small party or gathering described by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, nor does he have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh," the statement concluded.

The statement came hours after The New York Times reported the White House has given the FBI free rein to interview any relevant witnesses in the probe as long as the bureau finishes the investigation this week. 

During her testimony at last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Ford said Smyth was at the party in question. She said she remembers wishing Smyth would hear her when she says she screamed as Kavanaugh attacked her. 

Many of those who Ford has named as other attendees have released statements saying they do not recall the party. 

The FBI investigation is reportedly looking into Ford's claims as well as the allegation from Deborah Ramirez, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself and thrusting his penis in her face during a gathering at Yale University in the 1980s. 

It is unclear if the probe will touch on allegations from a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who claimed in sworn testimony last week that she saw Kavanaugh grope and harass women at parties in high school. She also said Kavanaugh attended a party where she was drugged and raped by multiple men. 

Kavanaugh has forcefully denied all of the allegations. 

Trump said Monday that he would support the FBI investigating Swetnick's claims.