Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday requesting that they release President Trump’s written directive launching the investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive by the White House to the FBI,” Feinstein wrote.
“In addition, if the FBI requests any expansion beyond the initial directive, please provide the names of any additional witnesses or evidence,” Feinstein added.
Trump on Friday ordered the bureau to conduct an additional investigation to update the background file on Kavanaugh after Senate Republicans agreed to a one-week investigation.
NBC News reported on Saturday that the White House is limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
These sources told NBC News that the FBI has not been permitted to investigate claims made by Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh engaged in sexually aggressive misconduct while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, and will instead focus on accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
Sources told NBC News that instead of giving the FBI “free reign” to investigate, as Trump claimed on Saturday, the White House counsel’s office has given them a list of witnesses the Bureau is permitted to interview.