WASHINGTON — The FBI’s probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be “very comprehensive,” President Donald Trump said Monday, countering reports that his administration is limiting the investigation’s scope.
“I want it to be comprehensive,” Trump said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. “I actually think it’s a good thing for Judge Kavanaugh.”
Trump added that he would like to see the investigation “go quickly” out of fairness to the nominee, suggesting that there was a risk a prolonged investigation could go too far.
“We don’t want to go on a witch hunt, do we?” Trump quipped.
On Friday, Trump ordered the FBI to begin a new investigation into Kavanaugh, a condition set by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for moving forward with the nominee’s confirmation process.
“As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” Trump said in a statement last week.
When pressed Monday on how broad the investigation should be, Trump said he was largely following the requests of the Senate, but has asked White House Counsel Don McGahn to communicate to the FBI that they have free rein over who they can speak to.
In particular, the president noted that he would be open to the FBI interviewing the three women who have levied sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as well as the nominee himself.
“It wouldn’t bother me at all,” Trump said.
During Monday’s back-and-forth with reporters, Trump repeatedly attempted to cast Democratic lawmakers as hypocrites.
“I know them. I know them too well and you know what? They are not angels,” Trump said.
The president declined to name names, but said that there was one Democratic senator who was “pretty aggressive.”
“I’ve seen that person in very, very bad situations,” Trump said. “Somewhat compromising.”