As the FBI wrapped up its background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, numerous key witnesses were left out of the interviewing process — including two of Kavanaugh’s accusers.
According to Democracy Now!, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was unconcerned with the limited nature of the FBI probe, saying Wednesday he is prepared to call a vote on the nominee by the end of the week.
McConnell also said the FBI’s report will be accessible only to senators:
> “We’ll get an FBI report soon. It’ll be made available to each senator, and only senators will be allowed to look at it. And that’s the way these reports are always handled.”
Not only did the FBI fail to interview Ford and Kavanaugh but also the nominee’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick. Dozens of others, including friends and former classmates of all parties, were not interviewed, with some complaining of difficulties in proactively passing information to investigators.
> The Washington Post reports FBI agents spoke on Tuesday with a former Georgetown Prep classmate of Kavanaugh named Tim Gaudette. He hosted a party on July 1, 1982, which investigators have been zeroing in on. According to his own calendar, Kavanaugh drank that day along with two other classmates who were identified by Christine Blasey Ford as present at the gathering when she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
> The investigation barreled toward a rapid conclusion as lawyers for Dr. Blasey Ford said they were baffled that the FBI had yet to question her over her allegations that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in 1982, when the pair were teenagers. Lawyers for another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said Tuesday the FBI hadn’t interviewed another 20 witnesses Ramirez has identified.