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Attorneys for Ford say they haven’t heard from FBI about Kavanaugh investigation

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Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford said Tuesday that they have yet to hear from the FBI in its investigation into her allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich, who are representing Ford, expressed concerns about the investigation in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FBI general counsel Dana Boente.

Katz and Bromwich said they spoke with Boente on Friday, when the investigation was first authorized, and offered Ford’s cooperation. The attorneys said they have not heard back in the days since, despite providing additional potential witnesses and evidence, and requesting contact information for the individual leading the FBI’s review.

{mosads}”This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the FBI does not intend to interview either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh. We hope that this reporting is inaccurate,” Katz and Bromwich wrote.

“It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you,” they added.

The attorneys asked to speak again with Wray or Boente on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s. She said she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her.

Kavanaugh fiercely denied Ford’s claims in his own testimony, calling them part of a “orchestrated political hit.”

Ford’s lawyers wrote to the FBI as The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was prepared to conclude its investigation as soon as Wednesday.

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

The expanded latitude for the FBI came after reports over the weekend that the White House had only permitted agents to look into Ford’s and Deborah Ramirez’s claims, and only gave the OK for the bureau to interview Ramirez and three other individuals.

President Trump said he favors a “comprehensive” review of the allegations, but insisted that it be completed quickly and remain within the parameters dictated by Senate Republicans. He added that he would be fine with the FBI interviewing Kavanaugh and each of his accusers.

Ramirez, who alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party in the 1980s, has spoken with investigators, her attorney confirmed Tuesday.

Julie Swetnick, who has alleged that Kavanaugh was a part of a group of high school students who inebriated women who were then “gang raped,” has also not yet heard from the FBI, according to her attorney, Michael Avenatti.

Kavanaugh has denied all the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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