The FBI is dealing with new allegations that its 2018 background verify on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ― performed after ladies accused the then-nominee of sexual assault ― was “politically-constrained and perhaps fake.”
The cost comes from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who outlined his issues Monday in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. There’s motive to imagine the FBI didn’t correctly handle its investigation and missed a number of potential witnesses, the senator argued.
“If standard procedures were violated, and the Bureau conducted a fake investigation rather than a sincere, thorough and professional one, that in my view merits congressional oversight to understand how, why, and at whose behest and with whose knowledge or connivance, this was done,” Whitehouse wrote. “The FBI ‘stonewall’ of all questions related to this episode provides little reassurance of its propriety.”
Following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her once they had been in highschool, a number of witnesses, together with some represented by legislation corporations, reached out to the FBI saying they might corroborate her allegations, Whitehouse says. But these witnesses mentioned they couldn’t get via to the bureau and contacted senators asking for assist.
Those lawmakers discovered that the FBI had “assigned no person to accept or gather evidence,” Whitehouse wrote. “This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Bureau is usually amenable to information and evidence; but in this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge drawn up, and there was no point of entry by which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI.”
When the FBI provided a tip line for potential witnesses to name in about Kavanaugh, it supplied no transparency about the way it managed and vetted the calls that got here via, Whitehouse wrote.
This isn’t the primary time Whitehouse, a former U.S. lawyer, has raised this challenge. In 2019, he wrote there was “one warning flag after another” throughout the FBI’s probe.
Progressive teams applauded Whitehouse for pushing on the matter.
“Senator Whitehouse is right to question the FBI’s rushed probe of Brett Kavanaugh when he was a Supreme Court nominee,” the Center for Popular Democracy Action mentioned in a press release. “The goal of the probe was by no means to uncover the reality — it was to current proof that may advance the Trump administration’s agenda.
Whitehouse’s letter outlined 4 different cases of alleged FBI impropriety unrelated to the Kavanaugh investigation. FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, could possibly be beneath fireplace if Merrick decides to proceed with some motion on the matter.
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