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FBI concludes interview of Mark Judge

Anna Moneymaker

The FBI has concluded its interview with Brett Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge as part of its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

“Mr. Judge completed his FBI interview,” Barbara Van Gelder, Judge’s attorney, told The Hill in an email. “We are not commenting on the questions the FBI asked Mr. Judge.”

Judge is at the center of allegations from Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s. Ford testified last week that Judge was the only other individual in the room at the time of the alleged assault.

{mosads}While initially resistant to speaking about the alleged incident, Judge agreed to cooperate with a confidential investigation into the claims against Kavanaugh.

Judge, a recovering alcoholic, wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee following Ford’s testimony last week that he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school, but that the two have not been in direct contact in “several years.”

“I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee today,” he wrote. “I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes. I am knowingly submitting this letter under penalty of felony.”

The White House on Monday reportedly authorized the FBI to interview anyone deemed appropriate in its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

The White House had previously only allowed the FBI to review claims from two of the three women who have accused Kavanaugh of misconduct, and gave the bureau permission to interview a list of four individuals in its investigation, according to multiple reports.

Judge was reportedly among the four individuals originally approved for an FBI interview, The New York Times reported.

In addition to Ford’s allegation, Deborah Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a college party in the 1980s, and Julie Swetnick has claimed that Kavanaugh and Judge were part of a group of high schoolers in the same decade who intoxicated women so they could be “gang raped.”

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegations, and Judge has refuted Swetnick’s claims, saying in a statement that he would remember such “outlandish” actions even if he was inebriated at the time.

The White House has refuted criticism from Democrats that it is “micromanaging” the FBI investigation by limiting its scope.

President Trump on Monday insisted that he is in favor of a “comprehensive” review that wraps up quickly.

“I think the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer,” Trump told reporters during a press conference announcing a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

“Now with that being said, I’d like it go quickly,” he continued. “And the reason I’d like it to go quickly — very simple, so simple — because it’s unfair to [Kavanaugh] at this point.”

Trump and the White House have stressed that the investigation should fall within parameters set out by Senate Republicans.

“I’m guided by the Senate,” Trump said. “I want to make the Senate happy, because ultimately they’re making the judgment. I’m not making the judgment.”

Morgan Chalfant contributed reporting

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