However, officials familiar with the matter said Sunday that the White House has set the parameters of the investigation, which is a limited reopening of the standard background check conducted for judicial nominees.
Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee made public late on Sunday a previously unreleased interview with Kavanaugh from September 26, before a public hearing with Ford, in which he denied all the allegations against him and committee Democrats declined to ask questions, saying they felt the FBI should investigate the allegations.
The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he had denied any possibility that he had ever blacked out from drinking.
The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, with the informal understanding that the FBI would investigate sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh. "Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion". Additionally, Trump has falsely claimed since the allegations first surfaced that the "FBI really doesn't do that", despite the fact that former President George H.W. Bush ordered a similar FBI investigation into Anita Hill's sexual harassment accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during his own confirmation process in 1991.
The New York Times is reporting that the White House is limiting the witnesses to be interviewed to Judge; Leland Keyser, a high school friend of Fords whom she said attended the party but was not told of the assault; P.J. Smyth, another party guest; and Ramirez, the Yale accuser. Two other women have accused the appeals court judge of sexual misconduct.
Sanders says the White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate the terms and scope of the investigation.
Democrats have been alarmed at reports in U.S. media the White House was limiting who could be interviewed under the investigation.
The agency is examining the claims brought against Kavanaugh by Ford and Ramirez, but according to NBC, agents have not been permitted to investigate allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick.
This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti on September 26.
"It's a Senate process".
"It will never be enough" for them, the president tweeted.
The White House had no immediate comment about Ludington's accusations.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said it would not be unlawful for the White House to restrict the investigation's scope because the FBI is under the executive branch. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., asked for a delay and probe.
"The White House is not getting involved in the FBI investigation in that way", she added. The judge has denied those allegations as well.
The Senate moved ahead with a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination late on Friday, but is expected to put off the final floor vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation finishes its review.