Lawyers for two women who accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and misconduct said Tuesday the FBI isn’t doing a full enough investigation of their claims, even as the bureau has been granted broader authority for its probe.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said it’s “inconceivable” that the FBI could do a thorough investigation without interviewing her or witnesses she has identified to support her assault claim. Deborah Ramirez’s attorney said the FBI apparently hasn’t contacted any of more than 20 witnesses to her claim that he exposed himself to her at a drunken college party.
“We have great concern that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct — a serious investigation,” Ramirez lawyer John Clune wrote on Twitter.
Ford’s lawyers said that although they sent the FBI an offer to interview Ford, and sent information about witnesses and evidence that may aid the investigation, they have received no response.
The White House agreed on Monday to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation question more people in connection with allegations that Kavanaugh was sexually abusive toward women following growing criticism that the probe was too constrained. But the bureau isn’t doing its own deep dive into the nominee’s alcohol use or whether he gave false testimony to a Senate panel last week, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement Tuesday evening that the FBI knows how to conduct a background investigation and shouldn’t give in to “politicians telling the agency how to do its job.”
President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday, “I think Judge Kavanaugh is going to be accepted, but we’re going to have to see what comes back.”
The Senate won’t vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination until after the FBI completes its one-week probe into allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, said second-ranking Republican John Cornyn. Kavanaugh has strongly denied all misconduct claims.