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Opinion Investigate the FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh: Sen. Whitehouse

18:45  20 september  2019
18:45  20 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Kavanaugh accused of more unwanted sexual contact by former classmate: report Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was hit with another accusation of unwanted sexual contact by a male classmate who said he witnessed Kavanaugh expose himself and press his genitals against a woman without her consent.The New York Times reported Saturday that the latest allegation, which has until not been public, was reported to the FBI during Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process last year but was not investigated by the FBI. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could uncover new information. But it depends on the White House . Instead, the FBI is conducting the investigation as part of its broader background check into Kavanaugh . The FBI has carried out these types of background checks in recent years on behalf of

(MORE: White House eases limits on FBI 's investigation of Brett Kavanaugh ). When pressed on whether he thought Kavanaugh lied to the committee, Whitehouse hedged on the answer, responding, "I'm waiting to see what the FBI report comes back with. I certainly would not rule it out.

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When I was a U.S. attorney, I worked closely with the FBI. When the FBI investigators were looking at something, what they wanted was information. The FBI is a machine for the acquisition and retention of information on cases. When the FBI began repelling and deflecting information in its investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged history of sexual misconduct last year, that was unusual — a warning flag.

Castro calls for latest claim against Kavanaugh to be investigated

Castro calls for latest claim against Kavanaugh to be investigated Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro said Saturday that a newly-reported allegation of unwanted sexual contact against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should be investigated. © Getty Images Castro calls for latest claim against Kavanaugh to be investigated In a tweet, Castro said that nonprofit owner Max Stier's allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party before other students pressed him against a female student, forcing his genitals to come in contact with her hand, should be investigated. "Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation is a shame to the Supreme Court.

The FBI ’s investigation of Brett Kavanaugh is hamstrung by a lack of subpoena power. Arizona Sen . Jeff Flake, a Republican whose last-minute show of leverage forced Unlike agents tasked with investigating a crime, the FBI must rely on witnesses to cooperate voluntarily with its investigation .

The White House is defending the FBI supplemental report on Brett Kavanagh that is now being read by senators in advance of a vote on the judge's confirmation, as Democrats complain the probe was not thorough. (Oct. 4) AP.

Because of my position on the Senate Judiciary Committee, people reached out to my office to find out where to go in the FBI with information relevant to the allegations against Kavanaugh. My team and I saw this deflection firsthand. We were given the runaround by the FBI. No one was designated to receive information related to Kavanaugh; people trying to help were referred to an FBI “tip line.”

One warning flag after another

That was also unusual. Usually, FBI agents want to talk with people who claim to have information and to take statements (often referred to as “302s”). A witness interview allows agents to pursue lines of questioning and to evaluate credibility. A tip line may supplement that process, but it ordinarily does not replace it.

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Trump suggests 'innocent' Kavanaugh should sue, blasts media for 'lies' President Trump said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should sue or get backing from the Department of Justice, after a New York Times piece claimed that new accounts support one claim of alleged sexual misconduct from when Kavanaugh was in college. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly stated in a piece published Saturday that well before Kavanaugh became a federal judge "at least seven people" had heard about how Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez at a party.

WASHINGTON — The FBI has received no new instructions from the White House about how to proceed with its weeklong investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh , a senior U.S. official and another source familiar with the matter tell NBC

Senator reacts to scope of Kavanaugh FBI investigation . A top Democratic senator signaled Tuesday his satisfaction with the White House 's latest approach to the FBI background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that President Donald Trump approved last week.

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Another flag went up when FBI Director Christopher Wray began to disavow responsibility for the investigation. He pointed out very publicly that the Kavanaugh investigation was not being run under FBI investigative protocols but following directions from the White House — a passing of the buck seemingly to distance his organization from what it had to know was a bogus investigative effort. Indeed, Wray told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in October that the FBI’s investigation of the sexual assault claims was “limited in scope,” and that the bureau’s authority to carry out the investigation was “as requested by the adjudicating agency. ... In this case, it's the White House."

Republicans repeatedly described the allegations against Kavanaugh as "uncorroborated." Many allegations were in fact corroborated under well-established principles of law. But the party rallying around that talking point had a powerful motivation to thwart any investigation that might turn up even more corroboration and explode the talking point. More warning flags flapped.

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh's impeachment

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh's impeachment At least three Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over a sexual assault allegation from his high school years. The New York Times now reports that Kavanaugh faced a separate allegation from his time at Yale University and that the FBI did not investigate the claim.

Senator Jeff Flake said he would not vote for the Supreme Court nominee without an inquiry.

The FBI investigated accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school 36 years ago. Democrats said the White House tied the FBI 's hands, so agents could not conduct a thorough investigation . They were especially upset that the FBI did

Furthermore, senators had a very brief chance to look at the investigative product. Because of the confidentiality requirements we were obliged to accept, I cannot discuss the substance of any of the evidence. What I can say is that had I been given an investigative package like the one I saw in that room, as a U.S. attorney I would have sent the matter back for further investigation. This whole mess has been heavily politicized, but I sincerely doubt any U.S. attorney of any party would have made a decision to prosecute or not based on such a cursory investigative effort.

No evidence FBI pursued tips

Finally, there was the tip line. I have not been able to get any answers as to how that worked. I do know that information came in. A tip line ordinarily produces everything from odd ravings to meaningful information, and this one was no different, as far as I could tell. But the short time clock gave the FBI very little time to run down credible leads.

Worse, I see no evidence that any lead from the tip line was ever pursued. It is possible that credible leads from the tip line were never even reviewed and sorted. The FBI's so-called tip line could have been more of a tip dump: a place to dispense with unwelcome investigative materials while the clock ran out. If so, that’s banana republic stuff, and it’s beneath the FBI to have played along.

The Kavanaugh Nomination Corrupted Everything It Touched

The Kavanaugh Nomination Corrupted Everything It Touched The New York Times reports on another layer of it. The moment that made pretty much anything said about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh credible was the moment in which he asked Senator Amy Klobuchar if she'd ever been blackout drunk. This was in the middle of his Republican-enabled counterattack to the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford. (At this point, Lindsey Graham was redfaced with hysteria in Kavanaugh's defense. I was ready to duck the skull shrapnel when his head inevitably exploded.

Some senators have called for the FBI to investigate an accusation of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh . The long answer: Sen . Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Wednesday that she thinks the committee must look into the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh

Flake acknowledged an FBI investigation probably won't "change votes in the end," but "The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an

The problem with incomplete and ineffectual investigations is that the dumped or deflected information remains out there, and the truth does tend to come out eventually. That may be why Director Wray sought to protect his agency from this investigation.

It’s now time to investigate the investigation, and to compare it with the gold standard of a real FBI investigation. Every sign points to this having been as much a cover-up as an investigation. That’s not the way America is supposed to work.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse represents the state of Rhode Island, where he was formerly a U.S. attorney. Follow him on Twitter: @SenWhitehouse

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