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FBI: Federal Bureau of Inactivity?

September 25, 2018

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychologist who alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh attempted to rape her some three decades ago when both were in high school, has requested an FBI investigation of her allegation before she testifies U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee.

Apparently, neither Donald Trump or Republicans on the committee are willing to accommodate her request. Trump said that he didn’t think the FBI should be involved, it’s “not what they do.”

He has said that the FBI has vetted Kavanagh some six times, but, of course, fails to add that the FBI has not looked into Ford’s allegation. It’s hard to understand Trump’s suggestion that investigating things is not what the Federal Bureau of Investigation does. Investigation seems to be in the organization’s name.

But it’s easy to understand why Senate Republicans and Trump don’t want to wait for an investigation — an investigation could possibly uncover evidence to corroborate Ford’s allegation. It could also find nothing to corroborate the story or even information that would support Kavanagh’s denial. That Kavanagh himself is not supporting an investigation might suggest to a suspicious mind that he may be concerned with what such an investigation would find.

I would vote against Kavanagh in any event. He is not only opposed to women controlling their own bodies in terms of choice, but also he has essentially affirmed that birth control equates to abortion. Secondly, he has stated clearly on more than one occasion that a sitting president should not even be subject to an investigation, much less a subpoena. The likelihood that the case of the United States against Trump reaching the Supreme Court is more than possible, if not extremely likely.

Interestingly, Kavanagh was not on Trump’s initial list of likely Supreme Court nominees, but was added after White House counsel Don McGahn informed Trump of Kavanagh’s views against investigating sitting presidents.

Stephan Lesher

Southbury

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