In a letter to newly-confirmed Attorney General Merrick Garland, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) suggested that the “FBI’s Background Investigation” into the sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a “fake investigation.”
Whitehouse wrote that the investigation “appears to have been a politically-constrained and perhaps fake FBI investigation into alleged misconduct by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, rather than what Director Wray promised: a background investigation “consistent with [the FBI’s] long-standing policies, practices, and procedures.”
“As you will recall, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018, about an alleged sexual assault incident that took place while Dr. Ford and Justice Kavanaugh were in high school,” he added. “Her shards of recollection were consistent with the nature of recollections of victims of traumatic experiences of sexual assault.”
The party where the alleged assault occurred was, according to Ford, attended by Kavanaugh, herself, Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth, and Leland Keyser. Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations made by Ford. Judge has also denied the accusation, and Smyth said he never attended the party.
Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser, however, said at the time of the accusation that she did not know Kavanaugh, and had no memory of the party or any attempted sexual assault. Keyser released a book a year later, in which she said she did not believe Ford’s accusations.
“Buried at the end of their new book ‘The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,’ reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly quietly admit that Christine Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser did not believe her friend’s tale of a sexual assault at a party they both supposedly attended. Keyser was named by Ford as a witness, one of four who denied any knowledge of the event in question,” the Federalist reported.