If you didn’t already think that the entire process around the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett “Bart” Kavanaugh was a rigged farce punctuated with a White House-controlled FBI investigation and orchestrated to reach a predetermined outcome, the latest bit of news surrounding the monumental battle over the lifetime seat on the court may be the straw that breaks the Democratic donkey’s back.
While the FBI was originally told that they had one week to complete the investigation, and Trump later claimed that the bureau would be given “free reign” to conduct the investigation as they see fit, today it appears that many people who have valuable information to give to the FBI have not been interviewed or even contacted during the latest probe, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and about 20 of the Yale classmates whose names were given to the FBI by Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.
Even worse, it now looks like the FBI has already completed any investigations they have planned to conduct and are in the process of writing up their report as we speak, proving the inadequacy and incompleteness of their inquiry. To complicate things even further, there will only be one physical copy of the report which will be locked in a secure safe until it’s made available for the Senators who wish to view it under highly restrictive circumstances, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The Post describes how the review of the report will go thusly:
“Two Senate officials say the report will be available at a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in the Capitol Visitor Center, a secure room designed for senators to review sensitive or classified material. Just one physical copy of the report will be available and only to senators and a small group of cleared committee staffers,” the newspaper writes.
“The two parties will take turns having access to the FBI report in shifts, according to a senior Senate official. For example, Republicans will spend an hour with the report from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. Thursday, then Democrats will have an hour with the report. It will rotate throughout the rest of the day Thursday and potentially into Friday, with senators being briefed by staff members simultaneously,” The Post explained.
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promising to schedule a vote this week, the idea that 100 Senators will have the ability to thoroughly review a single copy of the FBI report in less than the 24-36 hours between the time it becomes available and the time McConnell schedules a vote for on Friday seems to be a mathematical impossibility, unless the report is unusually brief, even if the majority of Republican Senators who have already made up their minds without waiting for the hastily gathered and incomplete evidence included in the report to be available decide to skip viewing the document.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) smelled a rat in the Republican-generated process surrounding the confirmation vote about to take place without a full investigation and minus the time to review even the severely limited investigation included in the FBI report. He discussed his frustrations in a post on Twitter.
One copy of the FBI report. No more than an hour to review it. No ability for any follow up. Then a rushed vote.
For 2 years, McConnell has been carefully and purposefully breaking the Senate. This is the final blow. No comity or tradition left. It’s just about power politics.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2018
That’s not just the sound of a Democratic donkey’s back being broken, that’s the death knell for our democracy and the descent into a government by the people with the most power and the loudest voices.
Unless we vote the Republicans out of office next month, it will only get worse. We must act now.
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