The attorneys representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Trump’s Supreme Cort nominee Brett “Bart” Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault in high school, have condemned the FBI’s forcibly limited supplemental background investigation into the charges she and multiple other women have made, according to report in The Huffington Post.
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In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich wrote:
“It took tremendous courage for Dr. Ford to come forward. As she testified before the Judiciary Commitee, she was eager to talk to the FBI. The ‘investigation’ conducted over the past five days is a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice.”
The letter to the FBI director also included the names of eight individuals who the lawyers said could help corroborate Dr. Blasey Ford’s account of the assault that the FBI never bothered to interview.
The FBI’s work on the background investigation was purposefully and admittedly hampered by Trump’s White House, since, unlike in criminal investigations by the bureau, the Oval Office can direct and control inquiries into the past of its nominees.
As the lawyers for Kavanaugh’s first accuser blame the FBI for the woefully incomplete investigation into the nominee’s anger, drinking, sexual assault, and perjury issues, many on the left are worried that the anger directed at the bureau was playing right into Trump’s hands.
Given that the president has been attacking the credibility of the FBI in its investigations of Trump’s own many misdeeds, a weakened agency with a besmirched reputation can help counter the believability of the agency’s findings in his own case in the eyes of low information members of the public.
If Kavanaugh does wind up being confirmed despite his multiple proven instances of perjury, Trump may wind up having his cake and eating it too. While Dr. Blasey Ford’s lawyers are correct in denouncing the miserably inadequate supplemental investigation, they should be laying the blame where it belongs, squarely at the feet of Trump and Senate Republicans.
It’s not too late to weigh in with Senators on how they should vote down this highly flawed nominee. (202) 224-3121 is the phone number for the Senate switchboard, or you can try calling individual senators at the numbers below:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Phone: (202) 224-2523
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Phone: (202) 224-4521
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Phone: (202) 224-6665
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Phone: (202) 224-3954
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) (202) 224-6154
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) (202) 224 2043
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