President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces a possible FBI investigation into claims that he sexually assaulted a classmate in high school.
Christine Blasey Ford alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh more than 30 years ago when they were both teenagers. She claims that the assault happened at a party in the 1980s. According to Ford, the Supreme Court nominee pinned her down, put his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her bathing suit. Kavanaugh has consistently denied Ford’s claims. He says that he has never attempted to rape his accuser nor anyone else. Kavanaugh went on to say that he didn’t even know who the accuser was until she identified herself.
The allegations have put Kavanaugh’s nomination on hold while lawmakers try to find answers. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees judicial nominations, has called for Ford to testify under oath about her allegations. They have tabled Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to give Ford time to testify. The Supreme Court nominee has said that he is willing to speak to the committee to refute what he maintains is a false allegation.
However, Ford has not accepted the committee’s invitation to testify. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said that there is a hearing set for Monday to examine the allegations, however, the hearing could be canceled if Ford does not accept the invitation to testify. Grassley said that his office has attempted to reach out to Ford and her attorneys several times but they have not received a response.
Although Ford has not accepted the Senate Committee’s invitation to testify, she has pushed for the FBI to independently investigate her claims before she agrees to testify under oath. Republicans in the Senate say that it is not possible for the FBI to investigate because there were no allegations of a federal crime.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to Ford’s lawyers on Wednesday detailing why the FBI would not open a criminal investigation. The Republican Committee Chair called the allegations a political issue, not a legal one. He said that it is not appropriate for a person to demand that the FBI investigate a 35-year-old allegation especially when the accuser cannot remember exactly where the crime happened or the exact date. He also said that refusing to go under oath for the Senate Committee also makes it hard for the FBI to investigate.
An official with the FBI told Fox News that the agency conducts background investigations prior to an appointed official’s confirmation to ensure that the nominee will not pose a danger to the security of the U.S. The FBI says that they have already gathered and passed along key information in the Kavanaugh case.
The FBI received a letter from July 2018 that alleges that Kavanaugh engaged in misconduct in high school. The FBI forwarded the letter to the White House. The allegation does not involve a federal crime so the FBI will not get involved. The role of the FBI is simply to pass along the information to decision makers.
~ Conservative Zone