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A Public Investigation by the FBI

More of the same acrimony, charges and counter-charges continue to fly around the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court as the FBI is quietly conducting its supplemental background investigation into allegations by several women that Kavanaugh assaulted them after drinking heavily.

All the women’s lawyers, who are active in promoting the #metoo movement, are critical of the FBI for the way it is handling the investigation. Ford lawyer complained today in a letter to the FBI that the bureau had not contacted his client. “It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her,” he said. Likewise, the lawyer for Julie Swetnick, who alleges that Kavanaugh was present at parties where women were drugged and gang-raped, said the FBI had not spoken with Swetnick. And while the FBI talked to Deborah Ramirez Sunday about her allegations of wrongdoing at Yale, her lawyer also criticized the bureau, saying it didn’t appear to be pursuing leads Ramirez provided them. “We have great concern that the FBI is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct — a serious investigation,” her lawyer said on Twitter.

FBI background investigations of this type are not public documents, but given that the report is slated for delivery to all 100 senators and White House staff, don’t expect it to remain confidential for long.