FBI Director Wray Confirms That White House Limited Kavanaugh Probe

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October 10, 2018 11:00 a.m.

During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) asked FBI Director Christopher Wray if the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh was curtailed by the White House. Wray confirmed that it was.

“I think I would say that our investigation here, our supplemental update to the previous background investigation, was limited in scope and that that is consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long ways,” he said.

Harris followed up by asking if communication between the White House and FBI was in writing, and requested that it be turned over to the committee. Wray said that he assumed some of it was and that he’d have to see what’s “appropriate” to give the senators.

Harris then specifically tried to suss out if White House lawyer Don McGahn was involved in the communication, but Wray sidestepped.

“Well, I can’t speak to what anybody throughout the organization might have received instructions on,” he said. “My understanding is that the communications occurred between the White House’s office of security and the FBI security division.”

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