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The Problem with Democrats’ Plea That the FBI Investigate Kavanaugh Matter

Setting aside the Senate Judiciary Committee’s role in investigating the allegations, what is the FBI’s role in all of this?

By NTK Staff | 09.18.2018 @11:36am
The Problem with Democrats’ Plea That the FBI Investigate Kavanaugh Matter

Senate Democrats are insisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation look into the allegations made by California Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats’ ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) drew a false equivalency on Tuesday when she compared the Kavanaugh matter to accusations made against Justice Clarence Thomas in his 1991 Supreme Court hearing by Anita Hill.

The problem with drawing these comparisons, of course, is that the cases are vastly different in terms of their recency and the environment in which they took place.

Furthermore, the FBI’s role in investigating the background of nominees is purely to determine whether an individual is a national security threat. The Associated Press has more:

The Justice Department says the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “does not involve any potential federal crime” for the FBI to investigate.

The department said in a statement Monday night that the FBI’s role during background investigations is to evaluate whether the nominee could pose a national security risk and then provide that information “for the use of the decision makers.”

The department says it’s not the job of the FBI to judge the significance or the credibility of an accusation.

That will likely not come as welcome news to Democrats who are hoping to use an FBI investigation to delay a vote on Kavanaugh for as long as possible.

The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday in which Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh will be able to testify about her accusations.

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