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Two major developments in the FBI's 'supplemental' investigation into Brett Kavanaugh
The FBI's "supplemental" investigation into Brett Kavanaugh is underway. ( MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Two major developments in the FBI's 'supplemental' investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

The FBI initiated its "supplemental" investigation into the background of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh almost immediately after President Donald Trump requested the probe on Friday.

Now, there have been two major updates stemming from the bureau's investigation.

1. The FBI has reached out to another Kavanaugh accuser

According to the Washington Post, the FBI has reached out to accuser Deborah Ramirez for an interview. Ramirez alleged in a bombshell New Yorker story that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party at Yale College. Both Ramirez and Kavanaugh attended Yale. Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh was heavily intoxicated during the incident.

John Clune, the attorney representing Ramirez, said: "She has agreed to cooperate with their investigation. Out of respect for the integrity of the process, we will have no further comment at this time."

Kavanaugh, just as he does with Christine Blasey Ford's allegations, vehemently denies Ramirez's allegations.

It's not clear who else the FBI has reached out to. However, people who know both Ford and Kavanaugh predict the FBI will uncover ugly details about the lives of people who know each individual.

According to the Post, the FBI has yet to reach out to a third Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnik.

Two of the people who Ford alleges were at the party where she says Kavanaugh assaulted her — Leland Keyser and Mark Judge — have expressed willingness to cooperate with the FBI's investigation.

2. The White House has limited the scope of the investigation

According to NBC News, the White House has limited the number of individuals the FBI can interview as part of its probe. The White House counsel's office reportedly handed the FBI a specific list of individuals. Absent from that list is Swetnik.

However, the White House denied "micromanaging" the FBI's investigation.

"The White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, adding "the scope and duration has been set by the Senate."

More from NBC News:

A U.S. official briefed on the matter said its not unusual for the White House to set the parameters of an FBI background check for a presidential nominee. The FBI had no choice but to agree to these terms, the sources told NBC News, because it is conducting the background investigation on behalf of the White House.

If the FBI learns of others who can corroborate what the existing witnesses are saying, it is not clear whether agents will be able to contact them under the terms laid out by the White House, the two sources briefed on the matter said.

What happens next?

As the Washington Post explained, the FBI's findings will not likely become public. After investigators conclude their probe, they will turn over all relevant information to the White House, where it will be added to Kavanaugh's background information file. The White House will then share new information with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It's only at that point will each U.S. senator have access to the file.

However, it's the White House that has final say over what is publicly released and what remains sealed.

But there's one caveat: The FBI is not coming to a conclusion or recommending a path forward. They are only gathering information from individuals involved and potential witnesses, recording that information, and turning it over to the White House.

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News
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