Brett Kavanaugh, a man credibly accused of sexual assault, now sits on the Supreme Court thanks to the misogyny and dereliction of duty displayed by the Republican Party. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Donald Trump got what they wanted, even if it’s not what most Americans want. In the process, the judicial branch has been sorely weakened, its reputation for impartiality destroyed, and its legitimacy attenuated.
The confirmation was a sham, and it seems like Republicans never even considered withdrawing Kavanaugh’s nomination, even as the accusations piled up. The supplemental FBI investigation was a joke that was constrained to a single week, nowhere near enough time to interview all the necessary witnesses it would take to get a full picture of Kavanaugh’s guilt or innocence.
Today, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a possible 2020 presidential candidate and strong advocate for women, pressed Wray on the Bureau’s handling of the Kavanaugh investigation.
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She prefaced her questions by pointing out that she is the only member of the Homeland Security Committee who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, which was responsible for the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Harris asked if the scope of the FBI’s investigation was limited at the direction of the White House. After briefly explaining how the investigation process works, Wray stated that the supplemental probe into Kavanaugh was “limited in scope” but that it was consistent with the “standard process” for such investigations.
Harris forged on, asking if anyone at the FBI received specific direction about the scope of the investigation from White House Counsel Don McGahn. Wray responded that he couldn’t say for sure either way. He said it wasn’t his understanding that it had happened but that he couldn’t entirely rule out the possibility.
Most importantly, Harris asked if Wray knew who decided that the FBI wouldn’t interview Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh, or the “forty plus witnesses.” Wray said they weren’t questioned because the process was “standard” and “limited in scope.”
It’s worth noting that if the Republican Party really cared about the truth, given the particularly contentious nature of this confirmation process, they could have easily taken additional precautions to assuage the concerns of the nation. The White House could have given the FBI authority to expand their probe beyond the standard scope.
When asked whether the FBI looked into the possibility that Kavanaugh committed perjury during his Senate hearing, Wray said it wasn’t a topic he could discuss.
While Wray himself came out of the hearing looking responsible, his testimony reinforced the perception that the investigation, thanks to the White House, was nothing more than a formality to buy Kavanaugh a thin veneer of innocence. This administration must be held accountable by the voters accordingly.
Watch the video below.
This whole 4-minute clip is worth watching. Kamala Harris grills FBI Director Chris Wray on the Kavanaugh supplemental background investigation, Wray confirms that the investigation was "limited in scope" by the White House. (via CSPAN)pic.twitter.com/bBLrHlrmQH
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 10, 2018