FBI failed to fully investigate Kavanaugh allegations, say Democrats
A group of US Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against the US supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018.
The senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Delaware, said a letter they received from the FBI director, Chris Wray, last month shows the FBI gathered more than 4,500 tips relating to Kavanaugh without any apparent further action by investigators.
“If the FBI was not authorized to or did not follow up on any of the tips that it received from the tip line, it is difficult to understand the point of having a tip line at all,” the Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to Wray sent on Wednesday night, which they released to the public on Thursday.
Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, and he faced other allegations of misconduct following Ford’s harrowing description of an alleged assault when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.
His nomination became a huge political fight in Washington and Ford’s testimony was hailed by women’s rights groups as a breakthrough moment for talking about sexual assault.
The FBI was called to investigate the allegations during the Senate confirmation process but was later accused of conducting an incomplete background check, not following up on tips and ignoring potential witnesses.