Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say they can't get a hold of anyone with the FBI to talk about the investigation into Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, according to a letter sent to the agency.
With only a few days left in the investigation, Ford's lawyers claim they are increasingly concerned that the FBI may not even want to interview Ford or Kavanaugh.
“This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the FBI does not intend to interview either Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh,” the letter read. “We hope that this reporting is inaccurate."
Ford's lawyers say they spoke with FBI general counsel Dana Boente on the phone Friday night, and haven't heard anything since that conversation. According to the letter, they've:
- Emailed the FBI offering Ford's full cooperation
- Repeatedly asked the agency to identify the Supervisory Special Agent over the investigation
- Sent a series of emails with suggested witnesses they believe the FBI needs to speak with
According to Ford’s lawyers, it would be “inconceivable” for the FBI to not conduct the investigation according to the requests they have made to the agency.
“It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you,” they wrote.
Professor Blasey Ford’s attorneys write to the FBI https://t.co/QB6LvB6CxU— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1538515376.0
NBC News reported Tuesday that the FBI was indeed not planning to interview Ford or Kavanaugh. Perhaps the agency decided that the hours of sworn testimony from Thursday's hearing was enough, and that in a limited time frame its resources were best allocated elsewhere.
The FBI is, however, speaking to the other people allegedly at the party where the assault is supposed to have occurred: Mark Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick Smyth.
Michael Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, has not been interviewed, much to Avenatti's disappointment. Swetnick's extreme and inconsistent accusations have been widely discredited and dismissed by members of both parties.
Donald Trump and his right wing hacks are claiming my client isn’t credible. If true, then why don’t they want the… https://t.co/4PDXe0g070— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti)1538480320.0