With under a week to investigate serious accusations of attempted rape by potential Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh, the FBI was never going to produce anything meaningful. Worse than that, we now know that the investigation was a sham, orchestrated by the GOP and the Trump administration to exonerate Kavanaugh.
The report has now been completed, and the White House has confirmed it does not believe there is enough evidence to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation in the coming weeks. However, we now know several key facts about the severely hamstrung investigation that should prevent rational Senators from voting for Kavanaugh this Friday.
This is what we know so far:
1. The FBI had only five days to compile its report to be viewed by the White House and Senate.
2. The FBI set out to interview 10 people in their investigation, and according to the Washington Post only spoke to six people. The White House however, is claiming the FBI spoke to nine people (still a shockingly small number of people).
3. The FBI did not interview Brett Kavanaugh or Dr. Christine Ford.
4. According to the Washington Post, "several people who claimed to have information that could be useful said they ended up mired in bureaucracy when they tried to get in touch with the FBI."
5. The Huffington Post is reports that many of Kavanaugh's former classmates came forward to the agency and were completely ignored.
6. The FBI only briefly looked into other accusations made against Kavanaugh. Reported NYMag:
While an interview was conducted with Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, investigators did not, as far as Ramirez’s legal team knew, speak to any of the 20 people she said may be able to corroborate her story. Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed.
7. The White House did not allow the FBI to look into Kavanaugh's obvious lies about his use of alcohol. His former classmates reject his claims that he did not have a drinking problem or "black out" from excessive alcohol consumption. Lying to the Senate is a crime and would automatically disbar Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.
To summarize, the FBI did not talk to Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Ford, refused to interview key witnesses, and had only five days to investigate attempted rape allegations mae against a Supreme Court nominee. This was not just a sham investigation, it was a twisted joke foisted on the American people by a party that is now completely disinterested in following the law or adhering to democratic norms.
Mitch McConnell has lined up the vast majority of Republicans to toe the line on the confirmation vote, but moderate Senators Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are under enormous pressure to buck their party and do the right thing. Regardless of whether Kavanaugh is innocent of the crimes he is alleged to have committed, the FBI investigation was so ludicrously narrow in its scope that it cannot be taken seriously by the Senate. On those grounds alone they should refuse to confirm Kavanaugh as the allegations against him are serious and warrant a full and thorough investigation.
It is clear that democracy and the rule of law in America is currently being hijacked by the Republican Party in collusion with the Trump administration. Should the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh go through, America will face an almost unprecedented crisis that will unleash a new warfare between the political factions. Democrats and Republicans are already locked in a vicious conflict with no end in sight, and the sham confirmation of Kavanaugh will serve only to drive the country further towards the edge of the cliff it has been hurtling towards since the election of Donald Trump.