The Biden administration began eliminating the worst excesses of both executives and the legislative agenda during the Trump era, but there is still unfinished business that must be taken care of to address the judicial administration’s biggest travesties. appointments.
Now, a Democratic senator is pushing the issue by reviving controversy over the investigation into Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.
With Merrick Garland, Biden’s choice for Attorney General was finally confirmed and took over the Department of Justice, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is asking him to open an investigation conducting “proper oversight” into the FBI’s inquiry in 2018 about multiple sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
The Rhode Island senator is concerned that the investigation conducted by the agency then overseen by Trump’s Department of Justice under former Attorney William Barr “appears to be politically constrained. [investigation] and probably fake, “Sen. Whitehouse said in a letter to Garland.
“In this matter the shutters were closed, the bridge was drawn, and there was no point of entry where members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI,” Whitehouse notes of the investigation.
Remind the new Attorney General that the bureau refused to accept testimony from multiple available witnesses and ignored the pleas of members of congress who asked about those witnesses, Senator Whitehouse also criticized the FBI for their misuse of a public “tip line” established to receive allegations and evidence.
“This‘ tip line ’appears to work more like a garbage can, with everything going down the chute assigned without checking the figurative dumpster,” Whitehouse said in his letter.
Even worse, FBI Director Christopher Wray never responded to questions in congress about whether the background check was consistent with its documented procedures for conducting such inquiries.
“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 affiliation, it is done, “the Rhode Island Senator wrote.
“It cannot and should not be the FBI’s policy not to follow up on serious allegations of misconduct while conducting a background investigation,” he added.
Neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice has yet responded to the content of Senator Whitehouse’s allegations.
While the case of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh will require further investigation – given the suspect’s previous investigation that didn’t even bother to interview Kavanaugh or his main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, still had other unanswered questions that emerged at the beer -loving justice hearing.
For example, the recurring question of which funds Kavanaugh used to pay off his large debt may have used some FBI expertise, such as the issue of whether the judge at that time had made a curse on prior testimony in before Congress, a point made by the refusal of then Senate Chief of Staff Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to postpone his confirmation hearings until all documents related to his appearance at the congressional hearing were available to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
We hope that Attorney General Garland uses the newly-restored freedom of the Department of Justice to go back and hold the most horrible members of the Trump administration accountable for their bad and anti-democratic behavior quickly so that our country can finally ascend the depths were reached during the dark age that Trump entered.
Original reporting by Jordan Williams of The Hill.
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