Sheldon Whitehouse: FBI probe of Brett Kavanaugh was 'fake'


Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is accusing the FBI of producing a “fake” investigation into sexual-misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation in 2018.

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday, the Rhode Island Democrat said he wants the Justice Department to probe the FBI‘s handling of the allegations against Justice Kavanaugh from three years ago.

During the 2018 Kavanaugh confirmation hearing to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Christine Blasey Ford came forward with claims that Justice Kavanaugh, who was tapped to fill the vacancy, assaulted her when they were in high school but she could not say where or even what year the assault occurred.

Justice Kavanaugh vehemently denied any wrongdoing. After facing an FBI review into Ms. Blasey Ford’s allegations, Justice Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the high court by the U.S. Senate.

But on Monday, Mr. Whitehouse said the FBI review “appears to have been politically-constrained and perhaps fake.”

In the letter, he noted the FBI did not follow up on other allegations despite law firms having contacted the FBI with names of witnesses who had information to provide.

“This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Bureau is usually amenable to information and evidence; but in this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge drawn up, and there was no point of entry by which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI,” Mr. Whitehouse wrote.

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