The FBI has officially concluded its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite never having interviewed either Kavanaugh or his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
According to Buzzfeed News, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley confirmed the investigation’s conclusion and said the White House turned over Kavanaugh’s newly updated file at 2:30 a.m.
> Ford, who testified that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her at a house party when she was 15 and he was 17, was not interviewed as part of the investigation, her lawyers said.
> "We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth," Ford's counsel said in a statement.
Kavanaugh’s file is being kept in the Office of Senate Security, where only Senators and a handful of committee staff have access.
Senators began entering the room to view the documents on Thursday morning.
> “There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh," Grassley said.
> "Senators have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation," White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement early Thursday. "This is the last addition to the most comprehensive review of a Supreme Court nominee in history, which includes extensive hearings committee interviews, over 1,200 questions for the record and over a half million pages of documents. With this additional information, the White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court."
> On Wednesday, the New Yorker published an article describing how the FBI declined to interview primary witnesses related to the allegations against Kavanaugh — some sent sworn statements to the Bureau and to senators hoping they would be heard.