The Wall Street Journal: White House bars FBI from investigating sexual-misconduct claim by third Kavanaugh accuser

The Wall Street Journal: White House bars FBI from investigating sexual-misconduct claim by third Kavanaugh accuser

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been instructed by the White House to interview two of the women who have alleged sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, according to people familiar with the matter.

The parameters of the FBI probe don’t include interviewing Julie Swetnick, who said this week the Supreme Court nominee attended a party decades ago where she was gang-raped, according to one of the people.

Sen. Jeff Flake on Friday conditioned his ‘yes’ vote on moving the Kavanaugh nomination to the Senate floor on the opening of a limited-scope FBI investigation of sexual-assault claims against the Supreme Court nominee.

The focus on the first two accusations suggests that the White House doesn’t consider Swetnick’s accusations credible, people familiar with the instructions said, a possibility that drew criticism from Swetnick’s attorney, Michael Avenatti.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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