Democrats are, predictably, not happy with the FBI's supplemental investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which by all accounts turned up no new corroborating evidence to support Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
One of the most passionate criticisms of the investigation came from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who called the investigation "bulls***" and said the FBI didn't interview everyone they should have.
"If that's an investigation, it's a bulls*** investigation," Menendez said in a Twitter video Thursday. "The reality is, that is not a full and thorough investigation. Evidently the Republicans who gave the direction to the FBI on what could be investigated was extremely limited. I hear a lot about lack of corroboration. Well, you don't get corroboration if you don't talk to corroborating witnesses."
Just read the FBI report on Kavanaugh - if that’s an investigation, it’s a bullshit investigation. https://t.co/9D8oeVMEoU— Senator Bob Menendez (@Senator Bob Menendez) 1538679732.0
Despite Menendez's claim, it appears the FBI didn't talk to any corroborating witnesses because there are none that they, Senate staff, or the media have been able to find. The FBI interviewed the people Ford claimed were at the party she was allegedly sexually assaulted at, including a reported three-hour interview with Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when it happened. No one backed up Ford's story.
Based on what is currently known from the still-confidential report, the FBI interviewed Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland Keyser, who Ford said were at the party. The FBI also talked to Tim Gaudette, a friend and classmate of Kavanaugh's from high school who was listed on the judge's calendars.
Additionally, the FBI spoke with Chris Garrett, also known as "Squi," who "went out with" Ford and was a friend of Kavanaugh's, and who was also possibly at the alleged party. Finally, the FBI spoke with Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while the two were at Yale. No one has publicly corroborated Ramirez's accusation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, implied that the FBI report was missing key information, saying "the most notable part of the report is what's not in it."
"The FBI did not interview Brett Kavanaugh, nor did the FBI interview Dr. Blasey Ford," Feinstein said. "We have seen even more press reports of witnesses who wanted to speak with the FBI but who were not interviewed."
Feinstein speculated that the investigation was hindered intentionally by the White House, and rehashed claims that the White House prevented the Senate Judiciary Committee of withholding documents related to Kavanaugh.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he disagrees with Sen. Chuck Grassley's conclusion that there was no hint of misconduct by Kavanaugh.
"We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting all the fact," Schumer said. Having received a thorough briefing on the documents, those fears have been realized."
(H/T The Hill)