The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat is asking the FBI to get involved after Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser came forward in a Washington Post piece Sunday.
The thing is, however, that the bureau’s already been involved.
On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist behind the letter that was passed on to Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, officially put a name to the innuendoes.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Ford claimed that during an incident in the early 1980s, a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes at a party, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.”
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
In a statement, Feinstein — the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee — said that it was time for the FBI to get involved.
“It has always been Mrs. Ford’s decision whether to come forward publicly. For any woman, sharing an experience involving sexual assault — particularly when it involves a politically connected man with influence, authority and power — is extraordinarily difficult,” Feinstein’s statement said.
.@SenFeinstein calls the allegations against Kavanaugh “extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s character.“ She says FBI investigation “should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.” pic.twitter.com/wZjJcXThI5
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 16, 2018
“From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s character. However, as we have seen over the past few days, they also come at a price for the victim. I hope the attacks and shaming of her will stop and this will be treated with the seriousness it deserves.
“I support Mrs. Ford’s decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation,” she concluded.
“This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.”
She wasn’t the only one in the Senate calling for some sort of investigation, as Independent Journal Review noted:
Shame on the Senate if they don’t take this seriously, especially before moving forward on a lifetime appointment.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 16, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford courageously stepped forward to tell her story — it is a credible and serious allegation. The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to scrutinize SCOTUS nominees. A vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination must be delayed until there is a thorough investigation.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 16, 2018
Sen. Schumer: “Senator Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated. For too long, when woman have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case." pic.twitter.com/21NP5yS5fz
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 16, 2018
The thing is, the FBI already did look at this — when Feinstein forwarded the letter to it. The FBI added it to Kavanaugh’s file and sent it to the White House. We’re going to have the bureau look at it again why?
Because a carefully organized rollout by Feinstein and the Democrats have made this story virtually the only thing television news can talk about?
The Democrats want to delay for an obvious reason — they think they can retake the Senate this coming election. That’s basically it. Without corroboration or even an exact date on which the alleged assault occurred — something that Ford seems very hazy on — there’s nothing to investigate.
Even Anita Hill, when she testified before Congress before the confirmation of Clarence Hill, had more to back up her claims.
Without any of that, this is essentially meaningless as anything other than a tactic for Democrats to delay.
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