Sheldon Whitehouse and Other Senate Dems Blast FBI for Ignoring Thousands of Tips About Brett Kavanaugh
In 2018, Christine Blasey Ford told the senate that she had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanuagh when they were teenagers. In addition to her intriguing testimony, there were many more stories and tips that came in about the Supreme Court hopeful.
Senators in the GOP essentially ignored Blasey Ford’s story and pushed through Kavanaugh’s nomination. The FBI claimed that they would further investigate the claims against the judge.
According to Sheldon Whitehouse and a group of Democratic senators, that never happened. On Thursday, the Rhode Island lawmaker called out the FBI for their failure to look into the claims.
Whitehouse said in a statement:
“The FBI gathered over 4,500 tips in relation to the investigation without any apparent further action by FBI investigators. The Bureau also confirmed that tips from the tip line were instead provided to the Trump White House Counsel’s office, where their fate is unknown. The FBI apparently pursued none of these tips. Instead, by the FBI’s own account, it merely provided all relevant tips’ to Trump’s Office of White House Counsel, the very office that had constrained and directed the limited investigation.”
The Rhode Island senator continued, “It confirms my suspicions that the ‘tip line’ was not real and that FBI tip line procedures were not followed. There are FBI tip line procedures. They were not followed. So when Wray said they followed procedures, he meant the ‘procedure’ of doing whatever Trump White House Counsel told them to do. That’s misleading as hell.”
So when Wray said they followed procedures, he meant the “procedure” of doing whatever Trump White House Counsel told them to do. That’s misleading as hell.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) July 22, 2021