aside FBI Did Not Indicate That It Wouldn’t Investigate Facts Related To Dr. Ford’s Claims V. Kavanaugh

The republican President Donald Trump has stated for the record that the FBI is not interested in investigating the facts pertaining to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of sexual assault against the current SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, that occurred during their high school years. This isn’t what the president wishes the FBI to pursue.

But as a point in fact, the FBI has not indicated that it is not interested in conducting this investigation.

As per a 9/18/18 Ron Klain tweet, “FACT: In 1991 — by bipartisan agreement — the FBI was sent to interview both Prof. Hill and Judge Thomas approx two weeks before the public hearings on Hill’s allegations were conducted.”

As per a 9/18/18 @tribelaw tweet, “Maryland (where the alleged party occurred) has no statute of limitations for rape or for assault, so it seems that both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge remain potentially criminally liable for what Christine Blasey Ford alleges they did to her in high school.”

In short, there’s no adequate reasonable excuse that an extended 2 week FBI background inquiry could not occur since, at the very least, it would make sense to question under oath  the other party to this alleged assault, Mark Judge, who claims no memory of this event but does admit to heavy drinking.

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On September 17, 2018, Chris Strohm and Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg penned the following report, “White House Hasn’t Asked FBI to Vet Kavanaugh Allegations, Sources Say”

Excerpts:

“The White House hasn’t asked the FBI to investigate the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school, a request required for the bureau to take further action, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

“The FBI’s initial background investigation into Kavanaugh was completed before Christine Blasey Ford came forward with the allegation. Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegation as “completely false,” and Ford have both said they’re willing to testify before Congress.”

“Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have said they want the FBI to investigate the allegation. But FBI background investigations are conducted under specific procedures and through requests from government agencies — which in Kavanaugh’s case would come from the White House, said the two people who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive matter.”

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“Further investigation by the FBI could be politically volatile, thrusting the bureau into the middle of a tense battle over the future lineup of the Supreme Court. While there appears to be limited evidence for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to work with, the bureau is accustomed to doing professional background investigations, even when the evidence is thin.”

“There’s a very large political chess match being played out,” said Ronald Hosko, a former senior FBI agent who’s now president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. “Both sides have very clearly staked out positions on this candidate.”

“Hosko said it makes sense for the FBI to vet the allegation, probably by first interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford, searching for more witnesses and trying to find any corroborating information.”

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“The FBI said it was first informed of the new allegation on Sept. 12 and included it as part of Kavanaugh’s background file under a standard process.”

“Hosko said it’s up to the White House to define the parameters of any additional investigation.”

“I don’t see the FBI as necessarily being at risk from the politics of this,” Hosko said. “The FBI is basically working for the White House. Their job is to dig into the details and let the White House counsel know if there is derogatory information.”

“You can go get yearbooks and start interviewing high school classmates,” he said. “For creative-minded FBI people, they can generate leads all day long.”

President Donald Trump won’t withdraw the nomination and the administration is gearing up for a counteroffensive, a White House official said. The Trump team plans to try to discredit the charges for surfacing late in the confirmation process and to question the credibility of the accuser because she didn’t tell anybody about the incident at the time, the official said.

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As per another 9/18/18 Bloomberg article by Laura Litvan and Steven T. Dennis, “The demands for an investigation also puts pressure on President Donald Trump, since it’s up to the White House to ask the FBI to step in. Trump said earlier Tuesday he feels “terribly” that Kavanaugh is facing the allegation.”

“I feel so badly for him. This is not a man who deserves this,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case. He will state his case,” he said, adding, “We will see what happens.”

“Trump also said he didn’t want the FBI to look into the allegation against Kavanaugh.”

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JUDGE/ KAVANAUGH

“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved, if they wanted to be I would certainly do that,” the president said. “This is not really their thing. The senators will do a good job.”

“However, a person familiar with the matter said the FBI did not tell the president or the White House that it doesn’t want to be involved in the allegations against Kavanaugh or that it’s not their thing. The FBI could do further investigation if the White House requests it and provides direction, the person said.”

“On Tuesday night, Trump took the debate to Twitter, saying, “The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected President. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook.”

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‘Death Threats’

“Ford’s lawyers said she has received a “stunning amount of support” since going public with her claim over the weekend, but she also “has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats,” and has moved her family out of their home.”

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the Judiciary panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, backed the Ford attorneys’ call for an FBI investigation — a step Democrats have been demanding.”

“I agree with her 100 percent that the rushed process to hold a hearing on 9/24/18 has been unfair,” Feinstein said in a statement.”

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In 1991 the FBI did investigate Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas before their testimony on the matter to the Judiciary Committee. Hill accused him of harassing her when he was her supervisor at two federal agencies.

Feinstein said Tuesday the plan to hold a hearing in only a week was “reminiscent of the treatment of Anita Hill.” Thomas was confirmed, but Hill’s allegation caused a nationwide uproar, and many women contended she was unfairly treated by the then all-male Judiciary Committee.

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‘No Memory’

“I’ve no memory of this alleged incident,” Judge said in a statement sent to the committee by his lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder. “Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”

“Judge’s statement added that he didn’t want to speak publicly.”

“Ford says that Kavanaugh was drunk at a house party in about 1982, pinned her down on a bed, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a “rape attempt.”

See: The Brett Kavanaugh accusation isn’t a ‘he said, she said’ anymore/ Washington Post

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