As the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh gets underway, there are concerns over the integrity and diligence of the investigation.
Donald Trump has vehemently denied limiting the scope of the investigation. But comments from Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmate suggest that the FBI is not carrying out a thorough investigation into all the allegations.
In an interview with Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer of the New Yorker, Kavanaugh’s former classmate, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed that he had attempted to contact the FBI to verify Deborah Ramirez’s allegations against Kavanaugh.
The classmate had information regarding a story which involved Kavanaugh shoving his genitals into Ramirez’s face at a party. However, when he contacted the FBI, he was met with a succession of dead ends.
The former Yale student contacted the FBI office in Washington DC to share his information but was informed that he had to contact his local office instead. When he attempted to contact his local office, he reached a pre-recorded message.
He made several attempts to speak to a field officer at his local FBI bureau. When he was finally able to speak to a person from the office, the official told him he had no idea what he was talking about.
Still undeterred, Kavanaugh’s former classmate contacted an official at the FBI headquarters in Washington DC once more. The official referred him to a generic tip line.
The incident raises concerns over the integrity of the investigation. The way in which an informant with information verifying a victim’s claim was passed from one official to another suggests a lack of enthusiasm for evidence gathering.
Following his ordeal, the former classmate described his disappointment in the New Yorker. “I thought it was going to be an investigation, but instead it seems it’s just an alibi for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh,” he said.
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