President’s prerogative to direct FBI investigations

Oct. 1, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement affirming President Donald Trump’s authority under Article II of the Constitution to order FBI investigations including into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

“We are happy that the media and Senate Democrats are finally acknowledging the fact that the President of the United States has the constitutional authority to open and close investigations. They may not like it, but the President gets to make that call under the Constitution. But it is surprising that the same Democrats who spent the last year and a half excoriating Republicans for questioning FBI investigations are now trying to tell the FBI that what they’ve been doing as routine practice in conducting background checks of judicial nominees, which are always limited in time and scope and a part of the process, is not good enough. They’re the ones who called for another background check and now it’s not good enough. This is not about getting to truth but to create a never-ending Kavanaugh witch hunt.

“The truth is, Senate Democrats never intended to vote for Kavanaugh and the call for extended investigations are merely a political ploy to ensure that vulnerable red state Democrats don’t have to vote prior to the election. The Senate should vote on the Kavanaugh nomination within the next week, for better or for worse.”


“Senate Democrats inadvertently admit President Trump can order and conclude FBI investigations,” By Robert Romano, Oct. 1, 2018 at

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