This time the political controversy is not of the FBI’s own making. The Democratic Party wants to use the Federal Bureau of Investigation to beat up on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and delay the confirmation process. Judge Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford from an incident about 35 years ago. There does not seem to be anything that the FBI could take action on if they were so inclined. For their part and that of the Department of Justice, this is a political matter that the Senate will have to work out for itself.
As Written and Reported By Morgan Chalfant for The Hill:
Democrats are clamoring for the bureau to reopen a background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after an allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced amid his confirmation proceedings.
His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is refusing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI fully investigates her accusations.
But it ultimately falls on the White House to direct the FBI to take action, and President Trump has signaled he has no intention of doing so.
The developments have thrust the agency back into the center of a political fight that it has little stake in. The drama comes as the FBI continues to draw ire from Trump and his Republican allies who have lambasted the bureau over what they say were political biases in its decision to pursue an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The controversy surrounding Kavanaugh is shifting almost daily as Republicans press ahead with efforts to shepherd his nomination through the upper chamber in the coming…..
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