Senate Democrats came out in force Wednesday against the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh following rumors that the report lacked evidence to corroborate Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of sexual misconduct.
Calling the report a “product of an incomplete investigation,” the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California scolded the White House for tying the FBI’s hands.
“The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it. As we noted by the White House, the FBI did not interview Brett Kavanaugh, nor did the FBI interview Dr. Blasey Ford,” Feinstein said. “It now appears [the White House] blocked the FBI from doing its job.”
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) October 4, 2018
“We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting all the facts,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, reiterating Feinstein’s remarks. “Having received a thorough briefing on the documents, those fears have been realized.”
The rumored 2020 presidential hopefuls also quickly denounced the FBI report. (RELATED: Mitch McConnell Warns About Democrats’ ‘Moving The Goal Post’ On Kavanaugh Nomination)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called the investigation “a complete sham,” as did Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. Sen. Kamala Harris of California argued the that report “is entirely incomplete and insufficient.”
“Just read the FBI report on Kavanaugh – if that’s an investigation, it’s a bullshit investigation,” said Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon called the investigation a “whitewash” and accused the Senate of “committing gross negligence” if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, while Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut referred to the investigation as “a cover-up” that was “straitjacketed by the White House.”
“If I had received a report like this when I was serving as a US Attorney, I would have sent it back for more work,” tweeted Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, further calling the investigation “incompetent.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the investigation was “farce.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the reactions in the beginning of the week, stating that Democrats will not be satisfied with the FBI’s investigation regardless of the outcome.
“The Democratic leader and the ranking Democrat on the [Senate Judiciary] Committee both said recently that an FBI investigation can be completed in less than a week,” McConnell said Monday. “I’d bet almost anything that after it runs its course in the next few days, we will then be treated to a lecture that anything short of a totally unbounded fishing expedition of indefinite duration is too limited or too arbitrary or somehow insufficient.”
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