ICYMI, THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING … In their constant pursuit to deconstruct American institutions, the Democrats are pushing to have Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh impeached, even though since being in his position he has been very favorable to their anti-American agenda.
Conservatives rallied to defend Kavanagh, appointed by President Donald J. Trump, during his Senate confirmation hearing. The hearing exposed some of the most filthy dirty low politics the country has ever seen. Trump was a warrior for Kavanagh, standing up to the most vicious personal attacks on his own family over the choice, yet Kavanagh ran as fast as he could to the left after being sworn in. But his submission isn’t going to help him avoid the left’s wrath.
The radical left wants Kavanagh impeached. No due process, no trial, no official legal police report is needed, they are going to harass him still on the same old charges.
This is really important. Brett Kavanagh is a rapist and an absolute idiot and he is serving on our Supreme Court. He needs to go, https://t.co/eNoUUPvtVL
— Madison (@mad_holla) July 24, 2021
HERE IS THE LEFT’S DRAMA:
According to Jan Wolfe, a reporter for Reuters, the left are trying to resurrect the FBI background check into Kavanagh at the time, as if she presented any logical credible claim in the first place:
“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers say the new revelations show the FBI investigation into Justice Kavanaugh was a sham. “Not only did the FBI refuse to interview Dr. Ford or the corroborators….it failed to act on the over 4,500 tips it received about then-nominee Kavanaugh.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) says the FBI ran a “fake tip line that never got properly reviewed, that was presumably not even conducted in good faith.”
Reminder: the scope of inquiries into judicial nominees is dictated by the White House. It seems to me that people disturbed by these details should direct less of their criticism at the FBI and more of it at Trump and ex-WH counsel Don McGahn. Unless I’m missing something?
Here’s the FBI document at issue here — a June 30 letter from the FBI to Sen. Whitehouse and Sen. Coons providing details on the Kavanaugh background investigation
— Muse Alive (@drancher) July 23, 2021
Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray last evening requesting additional information on the FBI’s 2018 supplemental background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The senators’ request follows a letter from the Bureau to Whitehouse and Coons revealing new details on the Kavanaugh background investigation, including that the FBI gathered over 4,500 tips in relation to the investigation without any apparent further action by FBI investigators. The Bureau also confirmed that tips from the tip line were instead provided to the Trump White House Counsel’s office, where their fate is unknown.
“The admissions in your letter corroborate and explain numerous credible accounts by individuals and firms that they had contacted the FBI with information ‘highly relevant to . . . allegations’ of sexual misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh, only to be ignored,” the senators write in their letter sent today. “If the FBI was not authorized to or did not follow up on any of the tips that it received from the tip line, it is difficult to understand the point of having a tip line at all.”
Whitehouse and Coons initially raised the lackluster supplemental background investigation in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Director Wray in July 2019. Whitehouse observed during the hearing the clear lack of process through which the public or members of Congress could relay information to the FBI after the troubling allegations against Kavanaugh made headlines nationwide. Coons likewise pressed Wray for a clear procedure. As both senators noted, the only conduit for information potentially relevant to the allegations was a “tip line,” the product of which was apparently never pursued by the Bureau. During the hearing, Wray echoed Republican claims that the FBI conducted the investigation “by the book,” while asserting that supplemental background investigations are less rigorous than criminal and counterintelligence investigations.
On August 1, 2019, Coons and Whitehouse wrote to Wray asking for a complete picture of how the FBI handled the supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh. They asked why the FBI failed to contact witnesses whose names were provided to the FBI as possessing “highly relevant” information; how involved the Trump White House was in narrowing the scope of the investigation; whether the FBI had used a tip line in previous background investigations to manage incoming allegations and information regarding a nominee; and more.
Nearly two years later and after repeated follow-up requests, the FBI finally responded to Whitehouse and Coons’s questions. The June 30, 2021 letter from the FBI Office of Congressional Affairs revealed new information on the Kavanaugh investigation: that Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination “was the first time that the FBI set-up a tip line for a nominee undergoing Senate confirmation,” and that tip line received “over 4,500 tips, including phone calls and electronic submissions.” The FBI apparently pursued none of these tips. Instead, by the FBI’s own account, it merely “provided all relevant tips” to Trump’s Office of White House Counsel, the very office that had constrained and directed the limited investigation.
Whitehouse, Coons, Durbin, Leahy, Blumenthal, Hirono, and Booker call on the FBI to answer a range of outstanding questions surrounding the Bureau’s use of the tip line and the relevant information it yielded. The senators press the Bureau for any records and communications related to the tip line investigation, including “all relevant tips” described in Wray’s letter that the FBI “provided . . . to the Office of White House Counsel.”
Full text of the senators’ letter yesterday is available below. Also available as PDFs are: