Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh scolded Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for suggesting that an FBI investigation would reach a conclusion on the sexual assault allegations levied against him.
Sen. Feinstein asked Kavanaugh during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee if he would support the FBI investigating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her three decades ago.
Kavanaugh responded that he is willing to go along with anything the Senate committee decides to do.
“When we get an allegation, we’re not in a position to prove it or disprove it,” Feinstein declared. “Therefore we have to depend on some outside authority for it. And it would just seem to me … that you would want the FBI to investigate those claims and clear it up once and for all.”
“Just so you know, the FBI doesn’t reach a conclusion,” Kavanaugh shot back. “They would give you a couple 302s that just tell you what we said.”
Kavanaugh’s comment squares with a statement the Department of Justice released last week regarding whether or not they would investigate the sexual assault allegations.
“The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation,” the statement said. “The purpose of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States.”