This Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) probe which has been ordered by President Trump to conduct a “supplemental” background investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is very different from the one I grew up knowing and fearful of; the ‘traditional FBI which respected no boundaries, scope and time limit.’ This one has many curtailments. Why?
BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a limited “supplemental” background investigation into the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are “moving” forward with plans to vote.
Now that President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the job of getting to the bottom of the explosive allegation of sexual assault that is holding up the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation may fall into the hands of the bureau’s Washington-based team responsible for conducting background investigations for high-profile appointees. Concentrated in the bureau’s DC field office and supported by field offices across the nation, these agents routinely carry out the gumshoe probes that help elevate public servants into positions of power. “You’re basically knocking on doors and doing neighborhood canvasses and looking at the suitability and fitness for office of future FBI agents, of people who are undergoing a five-year re-investigation to maintain a top secret clearance, and for judicial nominees, like Kavanaugh,” said retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst.
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file,” Trump said in a statement. “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
This sounds like consulting a psychiatrist, and order him to make sure your friend gets back to normal – not being a mad man within 6 days and thirty minutes. This is an impossibility.
Is it really in the national interest to put a time frame and limited scope to FBI casework?
STATEMENT FROM BLASEY
There were four boys I remember specifically being there: Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, a boy named P.J. and one other boy whose name I cannot recall. I also remember my friend Leland attending.
STATEMENT FROM KAVANAUGH
All four witnesses who are alleged to be at the event said it didn’t happen.
In his denial of the alleged assault, Judge Kavanaugh seemed to repeatedly claim that the people Dr. Blasey said were at the house have said the gathering “didn’t happen.” However, other than Judge Kavanaugh, the three people who have made public statements have only said they have no memory of it.
Mr. Judge, a recovering alcoholic, was a close friend and classmate of Judge Kavanaugh who is accused of being in the bedroom during the alleged assault. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Judge said he had “no memory of this alleged incident.”
Judge Kavanaugh stated that Ms. Keyser, a high school friend of Dr. Blasey, “refuted” the allegations. While Ms. Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee through her lawyer that she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of being at a party with him, she later told The Washington Post that she believed Dr. Blasey, her own memory notwithstanding.
In her testimony, Dr. Blasey, who also goes by her married name, Ford, said that she didn’t expect that Mr. Smyth and Ms. Keyser would remember the evening since nothing remarkable happened to them there. But, she said, “Mr. Judge is a different story. I would expect that he would remember that this happened.”