The FBI is under fire for possibly producing a “fake” 2018 background check of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Sheldon Whitehouse, a former prosecutor, turned Democratic senator who now serves on the judiciary committee, is asking attorney general Merrick Garland to coordinate “proper oversight” by the Senate to examine how Kavanaugh was investigated during his confirmation hearing.
Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her while they were in high school. He is also facing several other allegations of misconduct. He has maintained his innocence.
Several Democratic senators have now accused the FBI of conducting an incomplete background inquiry. Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh was interviewed as part of the background check.
Whitehouse also pointed out that some witnesses who wanted to share their experiences regarding Kavanaugh could not get FBI personnel to document their stories. The FBI had not assigned anyone specific to accept witness statements or gather evidence.
He also added that senators were not given any information regarding how or whether new allegations were processed. While a “stack” of information had been reported to the FBI-established “tip line,” there was seemingly no effort to review them.
“This ‘tip line’ appears to have operated more like a garbage chute, with everything that came down the chute consigned without review to the figurative dumpster,” Whitehouse wrote in his letter to Garland. He also criticized FBI Director Chris Wray for failing to answer questions about the investigation.
Neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice has commented on the Kavanaugh case and the alleged incomplete background check.