WASHINGTONâFBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that the Bureauâs background investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had been limited in scope, but he added that it was consistent with previous such checks.
Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Wray distinguished a background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from a criminal inquiry, and said that the bureauâs only authority to investigate Justice Kavanaugh came at the direction of the White House.
âOur supplemental update to the previous background investigation was limited in scope, and I think that is consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long ways,â Wray told senators in response to questions from Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California.
In a background investigation, âour only authority is as requested by the adjudicating agency, which in this case is the White House,â Wray said.
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