When the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they would be postponing the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in order for the F.B.I. to conduct an investigation, many were worried that the investigation would be nothing but an empty attempt to mollify the Democrats and give the process an ersatz veneer of respectability before ramming him through anyway.
Now, a new report from The New Yorker indicates that our fears were well-founded. Multiple people have attempted to contact the F.B.I. with information regarding Kavanaugh’s behavior in college and high school — but the F.B.I. isn’t taking their calls.
Elizabeth Rasor, the ex-girlfriend of Kavanaugh’s alleged attempted rape accomplice Mark Judge, has been trying to get in touch with the F.B.I. in order to give a sworn statement about a story in which he and his buddies took turns having sex with a drunk girl — but the F.B.I. is seemingly uninterested.
Rasor’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, says that she “has repeatedly made clear to the Senate Judiciary Committee and to the F.B.I. that she would like the opportunity to speak to them…We’ve received no substantive response.”
The New Yorker reports that “She feels a sense of civic duty to tell what she knows…But the only response we’ve gotten are e-mails saying that our e-mails have been ‘received.’ ” At one point, she said, an F.B.I. official suggested she try calling an 800-number telephone tip line.
Debra Katz, the attorney for Kavanaugh’s most prominent accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, says that she too has not been contacted by the F.B.I., even though her client’s allegations formed the basis for the entire investigation in the first place.
In addition, one of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates recalls hearing a story that he believes is “100% identical” to Deborah Ramirez’s account of Kavanaugh exposing himself and shoving his penis in her face at a drunken party — but the F.B.I. passed him from office to office until he finally left a message with a tip line.
“I thought it was going to be an investigation, but instead it seems it’s just an alibi for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh” said the classmate.
Once again, it seems that liberal faith in the F.B.I. has been misplaced. If this is true, it means the F.B.I. might be actively sabotaging its own investigation to keep themselves from reaching any unpleasant or inconvenient conclusions that might damage Kavanaugh’s confirmation prospects.
This is not how justice is supposed to work.
Original reporting by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow at the New Yorker.