Should Kavanaugh Remain on the Supreme Court?
FBI admits it did not meaningfully investigated the claims against Kavanaugh because the Bureau was only permitted to talk to people that were approved by the Trump White House.
Last week, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting additional information on the investigation into Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Last week, Sens. Whitehouse and Coons revealed new details on the Kavanaugh background investigation.
In a new letter sent to the Senate, the FBI admitted it did not truly investigate the accusations against Kavanaugh because the Bureau was only permitted to talk to people that were approved by the Trump White House. The Trump administration limited the scope of the FBI investigation.
Senators responded writing, “The admissions in your letter corroborate and explain numerous credible accounts by individuals and firms that they had contacted the FBI with information ‘highly relevant to . . . allegations’ of sexual misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh, only to be ignored.”
The letter continues, “If the FBI was not authorized to or did not follow up on any of the tips that it received from the tip line, it is difficult to understand the point of having a tip line at all.”
The FBI completed its investigation after speaking with only ten people, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Here is what the FBI did:
1) The FBI gathered over 4,500 tips in relation to the investigation into Kavanaugh.
2) The FBI did not follow up on any tips.
3) Instead, every tip was turned over to Donald Trump’s White House Counsel’s office.
4) White House Counsel Don McGahn probably would have received the tips.
The scope of the FBI investigation was to investigate only what the Trump White House wanted investigated. This is not the fault of the FBI.
Moving forward, Senators need to find out exactly what happened so it doesn’t happen again.
Also, Senators pursue access to the 4,500 tips to find out if follow up needs to be done.
Last, does the Supreme Court need to be expanded because three Justices were appointed by a corrupt president?
Only I Saved Him
These revelations put Trump’s statements about Kavanaugh into new context.
According to Michael Wolff’s latest book, Trump stated regarding Kavanaugh, “Where would he be without me? I saved his life. He wouldn't even be in a law firm. Who would have had him? Nobody. Totally disgraced. Only I saved him.”
Clearly, Trump thought Kavanaugh owed him, while Kavanaugh disagreed.
Kellyanne Conway is a Disappointment to Women
On October 7, 2018, Kellyanne Conway appeared on ABC and claimed, “Justice Kavanaugh should not be see as tainted. He should be seen as somebody who went through seven FBI investigations.”
This statement was not entirely accurate. At best, it was misleading. At worst, it was a lie.
It was a Sham
Last Thursday, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, released a statement calling the FBI's investigation into Kavanaugh a “sham and a major institutional failure.”
In 2018, Dr. Ford contended that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland party in 1982, when they were still in high school.
Dr. Ford’s attorneys contend Ford was never interviewed by the FBI.
Fun Fact: Sen. Susan Collins cast the deciding vote that placed Kavanaugh in a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.
Last week, Sen.Whitehouse @SenWhitehouse Tweeted, “This long-delayed answer confirms how badly we were spun by Director Wray and the FBI in the Kavanaugh background investigation and hearing.”
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