He was named as a witness by Christine Blasey Ford in her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Democratic Sen. Nancy Pelosi claimed in her recent weekly press conference that she read his book, published in 2005.
Now Mark Judge is in the news again, this time in regard to further investigation in the ongoing confirmation process of his high school friend.
On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a “supplemental investigation” of his Supreme Court nominee.
“As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” Trump said in a statement.
According to CNN, Judge’s attorney, Barbara Van Gelder, said her client is willing to cooperate. “If the FBI or any law enforcement agency requests Mr. Judge’s cooperation, he will answer any and all questions posed to him,” she said.
But what will such an investigation entail?
Kavanaugh already has undergone six FBI background checks. When Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein gave the bureau Ford’s letter, it turned over the letter to the White House and declined to investigate.
According to The Associated Press, there is a reason for that decision: “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 (Sept. 17) 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.”
When questioned about it Thursday, Kavanaugh made a similar point, saying, “The FBI does not reach conclusions.”
Sen. Durbin: "If there is no truth to her charges, the FBI investigation will show that. Are you afraid that they might not?"
— ABC News (@ABC) September 27, 2018
Given all of that information, it is unclear what exactly the FBI will do in a new investigation of Kavanaugh.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino pointed out that an investigation requires details to investigate. In Ford’s case, they are sparse.
"Now, the Democrats want a full-blown FBI investigation into allegations, three decades old, of an alleged sexual assault, where the details are… missing. There are no details." —@dbongino #Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/z0PIyQl98T
— NRATV (@NRATV) September 19, 2018
In regards to Judge, after he was named as a witness, he sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged incident. CNN reported that his letter stated, “I have no memory of this alleged incident.”
He went on to write, “Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”
Judge has also sent a second letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Swetnick’s claims, reported Hot Air.
Mark Judge indicates he's willing to cooperate with law enforcement. His statement, via attorney Barbara Van Gelde? pic.twitter.com/cGX59Nljxx
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) September 28, 2018
In the letter, he denies knowing Swetnick and denies her claims. He also makes a statement of cooperation with authorities into any investigations into the allegations.
Hot Air wrote that Swetnick claimed that she attended parties with both men while she was in college and saw them spiking the punch. She also alleges she witnessed multiple instances of gang rape at these parties.
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