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FBI Expected to End Kavanaugh Probe Without Key Witnesses

  • Judge Kavanaugh testifies during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

    Judge Kavanaugh testifies during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 October 2018
Opinion

At least four people with information have come forward saying they have been unsuccessful in contacting the F.B.I.

A federal investigation over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may be closed as early as Wednesday which would be followed by a Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court later this week, local U.S. media reported Wednesday as multiple people told reporters that they have been unsuccessful in contacting the FBI. 

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Last week, university professor Christine Blasey Ford testified against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Senate last week regarding sexual assault. Kavanaugh denied the claims, saying he had no recollection.

This triggered a call for an FBI investigation to proceed based on the allegation. The White House issued limited constraints on the investigation at first; however, after pushback from Democratic lawmakers, President Donald Trump broadened the scope “within reason” and set a one-week deadline.

Neither Ford, Kavanaugh, nor identified witnesses have been contacted by the F.B.I. for questioning, according to Ford´s lawyers.

Christine Blasey Ford at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., Sept. 27, 2018. | Reuters

“We have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed.” Ford´s lawyers said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you.”

The pace of proceedings has been ramped up so that the Senate can come to a vote by the end of the week.

Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment would secure a conservative majority in the Supreme Court that could serve as a legacy by President Trump. Legislative protections for women, including the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion, could be upended.

With weeks to go before midterm elections, Republican party leaders hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed. The party holds a narrow majority lead on Democrats by 51-49. Pending the outcome of the midterms, the Senate could potentially see a shift to Democratic control.

During a rally in Mississippi Tuesday, President Trump mocked Ford´s testimony and said it was a bad time for men in the United States.

"It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of," he said. "What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice."

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