Sen. proposed. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background investigation of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh appears to be “politically constrained and perhaps falsified.”
Whitehouse claims the witnesses “tried in vain to reach the FBI on their own” but could not find anyone “in the Bureau willing to accept their testimony.”
He describes the behavior as “unique” to his experience “because the Bureau is generally aware of the information and evidence.”
Whitehouse explained, “In this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge was drawn, and there was no point of entry where members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI.”
The senator said the FBI eventually opened a tip line for other allegations and potentially corroborating evidence. He said that “it does not appear, however, that any review has been conducted of any information that flowed down the line of this tip.”
Whitehouse continued, “This ‘tip line’ appears to run more like a garbage can, with everything going down the chute assigned without checking the figurative dumpster.”
He accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of not responding to questions about whether the investigation was “appropriate [the agency’s] long -standing policies, practices, and procedures for background investigations. ”
Whitehouse argued, “If standard procedures are violated, and the Bureau conducts a fake investigation rather than a sincere, thorough and professional one, which in my view is worthy of congressional oversight to understand how, why, and whose command and whose knowledge or association, it is done. ”
He stressed, “It cannot and should not be FBI policy not to follow up on serious allegations of misconduct while conducting a background investigation.”
Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of touching her and trying to remove her clothes as they entered high school in Maryland in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh rejected the allegations that he attacked Ford.
– Fox News (@FoxNews) September 25, 2018
Kavanaugh was sworn in in October of 2018 after that confirmed by a 50-48 vote.