A senator on Wednesday drew parallels between the FBI’s mishandling of the Larry Nassar abuse case and its remedy of Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations towards Brett Kavanaugh, suggesting the company’s probe into the Supreme Court nominee was “just as flawed.”
Gymnasts together with Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman delivered highly effective testimony throughout a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to concerning the FBI botching its investigation of Nassar, the previous USA Gymnastics crew doctor who sexually abused a whole lot of younger athletes. FBI brokers in Indianapolis didn’t look into a number of allegations made towards Nassar for over a yr and made different “fundamental errors” throughout their investigation, together with concealing and fabricating data of their stories to FBI Headquarters.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) mentioned that reminded him of how the FBI dealt with a 2018 investigation after Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a highschool gathering in 1982.
“It strikes me very strongly, as we sit here today and heard the powerful testimony earlier this morning, that the last time a woman came forward in this committee to testify to her allegations of sexual assault in her childhood, the witness was Christine Blasey Ford,” Whitehouse mentioned to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“It appeared to me then and it appears to me now that her testimony was swept under the rug in a confirmation stampede. It is very possible that the FBI investigation of her allegations was just as flawed, just as constrained, just as inappropriate as the investigation in this case,” the senator mentioned, including that lawmakers are nonetheless awaiting responses to letters requesting data from the FBI.
Wray solely mentioned that his workplace expects to make the requested paperwork obtainable throughout the subsequent couple of weeks.
In 2018, when Kavanaugh’s affirmation to the nation’s highest court docket was pending, Ford’s attorneys slammed the FBI for not together with interviews along with her or Kavanaugh of their investigation. They referred to as the company’s probe “a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice.”
Whitehouse, a former U.S. legal professional, has repeatedly expressed concern over how the FBI dealt with Ford’s allegations, together with writing in a 2019 letter that there was “one warning flag after another” throughout the FBI’s probe.
The senator additionally wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this yr, saying there was cause to consider the FBI didn’t correctly handle the Kavanaugh investigation, together with by overlooking a number of potential witnesses and allegedly conducting a “politically-constrained and perhaps fake” background test on the nominee.
“The FBI ‘stonewall’ of all questions related to this episode provides little reassurance of its propriety,” Whitehouse wrote on the time.
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