Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been forced to tread water as his confirmation vote is momentarily postponed until the FBI can further investigate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him. Kavanaugh is just barely keeping his head above water, and accusations of possible criminal behavior continue to crash against him.
While the FBI investigation is certainly a welcome development in this exhausting saga, it now appears that the Bureau may be forced to pull some punches in crucial areas.
Bloomberg reports that the FBI will not be digging into Kavanaugh’s history of alcohol use — which he spent a good deal of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing rambling on about — and also won’t investigate whether or not the nominee committed perjury during that same hearing.
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The issue of perjury surged to the forefront of the Kavanaugh confirmation process yesterday, when it was revealed that despite his sworn testimony that he first learned about Deborah Ramirez’s allegation that he shoved his penis in her face at a party after The New Yorker ran a story on it, a mutual acquaintance of his and Ramirez’s has text messages that show Kavanaugh and his team were working behind the scenes to refute the allegations before they were made public.
If true, not only is Kavanaugh unfit to be a Supreme Court Justice, he’s unfit to be a judge of any kind, and must be removed from his current circuit court position. A man who would lie under oath can’t be trusted to uphold and interpret the law as it applies to others.
While Trump has insisted that he supports the new week-long FBI probe, the White House has failed to request that the investigators look into the two aforementioned issues of alcohol consumption and perjury. The artificially imposed deadline that states the FBI investigation must be completed by Friday further decreases the probability that they will be able to adequately explore all areas of interest.
They aren’t even going to interview Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose accusations are at the center of this investigation, on the grounds that the White House “feels her testimony was sufficient.”
Sources tell @JuliaEAinsley and me that while Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team has repeatedly reached out to the FBI, the FBI does not currently have plans to interview her. A source familiar with the matter says the White House feels her public testimony was sufficient.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 2, 2018
It’s now clear, beyond any reasonable argument, that the Republican interest in the truth is a complete farce. They’re giving the appearance that they care about Kavanaugh’s guilt or innocence, but in reality, they just want to mollify the critics enough to ram through the confirmation. If Americans needed any more reasons to vote the GOP out of office, here it is.
Original reporting by Chris Strohm, Laura Litvan, and Erik Wasson at Bloomberg.