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Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh

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Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh

Yesterday, serious concern was expressed about whether the FBI’s renewed background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him would be thorough, effective, and truly non-partisan. Today, those fears are threatening to turn into reality. Specifically:

  • Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys wrote to the FBI on Tuesday, expressing concern that neither she nor the corroborating witnesses she identified, nor even Kavanaugh, have been approached by the FBI. “It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation” of her allegations without such interviews, they explained. They requested a response on Tuesday.
  • One of Deborah Ramirez’s attorneys also expressed concern about the FBI investigation on Tuesday. He explained that the FBI interviewed Ms. Ramirez for over two hours several days earlier, and that he and Ms. Ramirez were not aware of the FBI reaching out to any of the 20 potential witnesses they identified who could provide corroborating information. He expressed “great concern that the FBI “is not conducting – or not being permitted to conduct – a serious investigation.”
  • After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to conduct a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation this week, even though the FBI was to have until Friday to finish its investigation, reports surfaced that the investigation “is expected to wrap up” its probe “as soon as Wednesday.”

As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday October 3, there are no definitive indications that the FBI has gotten back on track in response to these concerns, or that it has interviewed any of the 17 additional witnesses discussed yesterday, except for two. One estimate is that at least 40 people with information have not yet been contacted by the FBI. But whether it is completed Wednesday or Friday, and regardless of the cause, an FBI report that fails to correct these serious problems would be a sham.


Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, FBI, Protecting the Supreme Court, sexual assault, Supreme Court