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Senate Republicans Set Kavanaugh FBI Probe Scope, McConnell Says

speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.Photographer: AARON P. BERNSTEIN

Senate Republicans, not the White House, set the scope of the FBI probe into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, including the decision not to interview the Supreme Court nominee or accuser Christine Blasey Ford, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In an interview shortly before the Senate is set to vote on confirming Kavanaugh, McConnell said GOP members of the Judiciary Committee made the decision in a meeting with two other Republicans who were at the time withholding their support, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.