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White House denies 'micromanaging' FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Arguing that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) now has more than enough information about Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record, partisanship, and sexual assault allegations to know that he is not fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, eight women were arrested early Tuesday morning for occupying the senator's campaign headquarters and demanding he vote against the judge's confirmation.

As the FBI completed interviews with four people as part of its one-week investigation into the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Flake said he was anxious about the conservative federal appeals court judge's performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.

Disputing claims based on anonymous sources circulating through some media outlets, the White House said that the FBI has free reign in conducting its investigation.

■While the FBI's exact plans are unknown, Democrats have sent the agency a list of two dozen witnesses they want interviewed, and there are still others who have spoken out on Kavanaugh whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation could speak with.

The New York Democrat was responding to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been pinning the fact that Kavanaugh wasn't confirmed to the Supreme Court before the start of the term on the Democratic minority.

'I thought he did very well, ' Trump said of Kavanaugh's testimony.

'I think he'll be totally impartial, ' the president said Tuesday before he left the White House for a campaign event in Philadelphia.

Five days after an extraordinary Senate hearing watched by millions of people in which a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh, Trump seemed to raise the issue of false accusations against men. Last week, Swetnick accused Kavanaugh in an affidavit of sexual misconduct at drunken high school parties. A frequent Trump critic, he said he would like if "someone" attempted a primary run against the sitting president.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh, who has denied all the allegations, has found a supporter in Trump.

The FBI has also interviewed Leland Keyser, who Ford said attended the same party.

After creating the fundraiser on Go Fund Me on Monday, the group had raised more than $4,000 in less than 24 hours.

They said they want the findings released publicly, and want an in-person briefing for senators with the agent who is leading the new background check.

Democrats have been alarmed at reports in USA media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation. "Or, that the FBI's investigation was not infinite or endless enough for their liking", McConnell said from the Senate floor. A spokesman for McConnell declined to clarify whether McConnell was referring to procedural votes or a final vote on confirming Kavanaugh. As to the latter, constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe is one of many legal gurus who argue Kavanaugh's rant made it impossible for him to serve without eroding the Supreme Court's credibility. She alleges that Kavanaugh as well as Judge were present at one party in "approximately 1982" when she was raped by more than one male, though she does not name her attackers. A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed.

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford. And interviews with several past classmates and roommates paint the judge as a heavy drinker from high school through college, despite his insistence that he never drank to the point of "blacking out".

The FBI has initiated its investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh at the direction of the White House after Flake last week - with the backing of Murkowski and Collins - called for a delay in consideration of the nomination so that the FBI could undertake a review.

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