On Wednesday, a senator drew parallels between FBIThe mishandling and handling of the Larry Nassar abuse case Christine Blasey Ford’s treatment of sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, suggesting that the agency’s investigation into the Supreme Court nominee was “simply flawed.”
Gymnasts including Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman gave powerful testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about The FBI is thwarting its investigation Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team physician who sexually abused hundreds of young athletes. FBI agents in Indianapolis went undetected for more than a year on several of the charges leveled against Nassar and made other “fundamental errors” during their investigation, including concealing and fabricating information in their reports to FBI Headquarters.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) said that reminded him How the FBI Handled the 2018 Investigation In 1982, Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school gathering.
“It strikes me very hard, as we sit here today and listen to the powerful testimony this morning, that the last time a woman came forward on this committee to testify on allegations of sexual assault in her childhood, witness Christine Blasey Ford was Whitehouse told FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“It appeared to me then and it seems to me now that his testimony was swept under the rug in a confirmation stampede. It is quite possible that the FBI investigation into his allegations was as flawed, as constrained, as unsuitable as That investigation into this matter,” the senator said, said lawmakers are still awaiting responses to letters requesting information from the FBI.
Ray only said that his office expects to have the requested documents available in the next few weeks.
In 2018, when Kavanaugh’s confirmation was pending in the country’s Supreme Court, Ford’s attorneys told the FBI . pulled up For not including interviews with him or Kavanaugh in their investigation. He called the agency’s investigation “a stain on the process, on the FBI, and on our American ideal of justice.”
Whitehouse, a former US attorney, has repeatedly expressed concern over how the FBI has handled Ford’s allegations, including writing in a 2019 letter That there were “one warning flag after another” during the FBI investigation.
The then senator, also writing to Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this year, had reason to believe that the FBI did not properly manage the Kavanaugh investigation, including ignoring several potential witnesses and allegedly conducting one. “politically constrained and probably fake” Nominee background check.
Whitehouse wrote at the time, “The FBI ‘stonewall’ of all questions relating to this episode gives little assurance of its appropriateness.”