A group of Democratic senators are demanding more responses from the FBI after the agency revealed new details about the limited scope of its further investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s background as a candidate for the Supreme Court.
In a letter of June 30 to Les Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., and Chris Coons, D-Del., Released Thursday, Jill Tyson of the FBI’s Congressional Affairs office admitted that the department had only conducted 10 more interviews in its additional investigation. , even though he had received over 4,500 tips.
Tyson said “relevant advice” from phone calls and messages was passed to the White House council office. We don’t know what happened to the advice after that.
Whitehouse, who wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for details of the investigation in July 2019, said: “This long delayed response confirms how badly we have been treated by Director Wray and the FBI in the investigation and hearing of Kavanaugh. “
While Wray said the FBI was following the reporting line procedures, “he meant the ‘procedure’ of doing whatever Trump’s White House attorney told them to do,” Whitehouse tweeted. “It’s deceptive as hell.”
An FBI spokesperson declined to comment. Former White House attorney Don McGahn did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
Then-President Donald Trump instructed the FBI to conduct further investigation into Kavanaugh at the request of some Republican senators after his 2018 High Court appointment was put at risk by allegations of sexual misconduct dating from his high school and college years. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
“As the Senate has requested, this update must be of limited scope and be completed in less than a week,” Trump said at the time.
Republicans said the subsequent FBI report justified Kavanaugh, while Democrats argued it was incomplete. NBC News reported at the time that the FBI had not contacted more than 40 people with potential information about the allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Senate confirmed the nomination with a narrow 50-48 vote.
Lawyers for the accuser who testified at Kavanaugh’s confirmation of charges hearing, Christine Blasey Ford, said in a report that the FBI letter confirmed that the agency’s investigation was “a sham and a major institutional failure.”
“Because the FBI and Trump’s attorney in the White House hid the bullet on this, we don’t know how many of those 4,500 pieces of advice were consistent, how many of those tips backed up Dr. Ford’s testimony, or how many showed that Kavanaugh perjured himself during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, “said attorneys Debra S. Katz and Lisa J. Banks.” Our nation deserved better. “