Top Democrats repeatedly called for an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks, but shortly after they got their way, they were already criticizing it.
The White House bowed to pressure from Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) on Friday and ordered a limited FBI probe to last up to one week before getting a final confirmation vote, after weeks of Democratic demands for such an investigation.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) had joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) in wondering what Kavanaugh had to hide by not wanting an FBI probe, but Hirono said the limited scope of the probe was a "farce" on Sunday in an interview with ABC.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said the FBI was hamstrung by a "tight" and "arbitrary" deadline. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) fretted on Sunday about the White House "micromanaging" the process, even though she previously said you could "do a lot" in "one week" with the FBI investigating. Blumenthal earlier said the FBI was an organization of "consummate skill and integrity" that "will follow the facts."