A group of U.S. Democratic senators said on Thursday that recently released documents showed the FBI failed to fully investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct against the United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when appointed to the court in 2018.
Senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Delaware, said a letter they received from the data component FBI Director , Chris Wray , last month shows that the FBI collected over 4,500 tips regarding Kavanaugh without any further apparent action by investigators.
"The confession in your letter cor corroborate and explain numerous credible accounts of individuals and companies that they contacted the FBI with information "very relevant to ... allegations" of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh, to be ignored. "> " If the FBI was not authorized or acted upon any advice it receivedGiven the whistleblower line, it's hard to see the point of having a whistleblower at all, "Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to Wray sent Wednesday night, which they made public Thursday.
Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh attempt to rape her in the early 80s when they were teenagers at a house party in Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington DC, and he faced further allegations of misconduct following Ford's poignant deion of an alleged assault while she and Kavanaugh were at the high school.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
His appointment has become a huge political fight in Washington and Ford devastating and calm testimony in September 2018 fascinated millions of viewers and was hailed by women's rights groups as a watershed moment to talk about 'sexual assault.
Angry testimony of himself on Capitol Hill, Kavanaugh fiercely defended himself and lambasted what he called a political job of left on him.
The FBI was called in to investigate the allegations during the Senate confirmation process, but was later charged with carrying out a incomplete background check, not crazy in ignoring tips and ignoring potential witnesses.
Whitehouse issued a statement in which he said he and Coons wrote a letter to Wray with co-signers and other democrates. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
He said he and Coons initially raised what he called the "lackluster background investigation " during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Wray in July 2019.
He pointed out that there was no clear process for the investigation.
On August 1, 2019, Coons and Whitehouse wrote to Wray asking for a full picture of how the FBI handled Kavanaugh's further background investigation, Whitehouse's statement continued on Thursday. .
Whitehouse said he asked "why the FBI did not contact the witnesses whose names were p passed to the FBI as having" very relevant information. To what extent Maison BlaWas Trump'sche involved in narrowing the scope of the investigation? whether the FBI had used a whistleblower line in previous background investigations to handle allegations and incoming information about a candidate; and more. "
Whitehouse had in March of this year asked Attorney General , Merrick Garland, to help facilitate "proper oversight" by the Senate in questions about the depth of the The FBI investigated Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing and said he was seeking answers on "how, why and at whose request" the FBI conducted a "fake" investigation.
Then President Donald Trump chose Kavanaugh as hisandidat to the Supreme Court and refused to turn to another choice when Kavanaugh descended on the scandal of the Blasey Ford allegations.
The one of the new Trump books this summer, Landslide by Michael Wolff , claims that Trump later said Kavanaugh was " utterly dishonored "by the sexual assault allegations made against him during the heated confirmation hearings in 2018 and was reportedly dismissed by the Senate if Trump hadn't defended him.
Wolff writes that Trump said of the judge: "I saved his life. He wouldn't even be not in a law firm. Who would have had it? Nobody. Completely dishonored. I am the only one who saved him. "