A Senate Judiciary Committee report in 2018 noted that an FBI probe into U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh found no proof of the sexual assault allegations against him.
For one Senate Democrat, however, the bureau’s investigation appears to be politically motivated or even “fake.”
“Merits congressional oversight”
According to reports, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is calling on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to look into the matter, insisting in a letter on Tuesday that the FBI probe was improperly conducted.
Though the issue was resolved and Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the nation’s highest court along party lines, accusations from Christine Blasey Ford have not been settled as far as Whitehouse is concerned.
The Rhode Island Democrat wrote to Garland this week to complain that he does not believe FBI agents followed proper protocol when investigating the claims by Kavanaugh’s accuser.
“If standard procedures were violated, and the Bureau conducted a fake investigation rather than a sincere, thorough and professional one, that in my view merits congressional oversight to understand how, why, and at whose behest and with whose knowledge or connivance, this was done,” Whitehouse wrote.
In addition to criticizing the FBI for not interviewing Kavanaugh, Ford, and others related to the claims, he accused the bureau of failing to complete a thorough background check on the then-nominee.
“Threats, lies, smears, and hypocrisy”
Whitehouse appears to see an opportunity to have a Democrat-appointed attorney general dive back into the matter.
His efforts notably come as Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by former staffers and colleagues. Nevertheless, the senator claimed that the FBI seemed unwilling to review any information from lawmakers or members of the public during its investigation of Kavanaugh.
“This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Bureau is usually amenable to information and evidence; but in this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge drawn up, and there was no point of entry by which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI,” Whitehouse wrote.
CBS News reported earlier this month that Whitehouse attacked the bureau for a perceived lack of transparency.
Only time will tell whether Garland takes the letter seriously, but one Yahoo reporter wrote last year that Whitehouse is the Democratic Party’s leading purveyor of “paranoia, conspiracy theories, threats, lies, smears, and hypocrisy.”