The White House is actively limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against its Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News.
The Bureau will examine allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and by Deborah Ramirez, but has been blocked from speaking with Julie Swetnick.
NBC News reports late Saturday afternoon that “the bureau has not been permitted to investigate” Swetnick’s allegations, adding that a “White House official confirmed that Swetnick’s claims will not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh.”
Swetnick alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge used drugs and alcohol to incapacitate women so they could be gang raped by a “train” of young men.
Swetnick is represented by Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, who repeatedly has engaged in mutual attacks with President Trump. Avenatti sued Trump’s and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and won.
“Instead of investigating Swetnick’s claims, the White House counsel’s office has given the FBI a list of witnesses they are permitted to interview,” NBC News notes, adding that its sources have “characterized the White House instructions as a significant constraint on the FBI investigation and caution that such a limited scope, while not unusual in normal circumstances, may make it difficult to pursue additional leads in a case in which a Supreme Court nominee has been accused of sexual assault.”
Legal experts are expressing outrage.
One, Leah Litman, an assistant law professor at UC Irvine School of Law calls it “just appalling.”
Many others are speaking out as well.
The former head of U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama:
This is outrageous. The WH is playing games. Let the FBI do its job. https://t.co/XUafZFrP7U
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 29, 2018
The Director of the Inanna Project, a non-profit advocating for Equal Pay, the ERA, and equal protection under the law:
Um, yeah…that’s NOT gonna work for us. Sorry. Trump doesn’t get to cherry pick victims to interview based on attorneys he’s scared of. https://t.co/twrCQ19a7b
— Amee KavaNOPE Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 29, 2018
MSNBC Justice & Security Analyst:
Some free advice to the WH: the FBI will not like you setting them up, and they will make sure everyone knows what you’re doing.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 29, 2018
Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst:
I ask that all witnesses, whether #DrFord #JulieSwetnick or #BrettKavenaugh has identified you or not, to any behavior relevant to ANY of the allegations by ANY of them please contact MD #FBI & report that you have relevant info.
(410) 265-8080 #DontBeSilent https://t.co/3RB5rKkVdH
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) September 29, 2018
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Fox News Legal Analyst Blasts Trump for Bashing Christine Ford – Warns of Damage to Court’s Legitimacy
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump for his highly partisan celebration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Monday night.
Napolitano in particular said that Trump celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation by calling Democrats “evil” while also claiming that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh was a “hoax.”
“I do not think the best thing that was said was ‘evil’ or ‘hoax,’” he said. “I honestly wish that the president and his people would get past that.”
Napolitano then explained why it is crucial for the Supreme Court to maintain its image as a nonpartisan institution.
“The Supreme Court does not have an army to enforce its rulings,” he said. “Its rulings depend on the intellectual legitimacy in the manner in which the rulings are given… So they really have some work to do to patch up the divisions that exist in the public mind.”
Fox host Steve Doocy then objected and said that the entire Supreme Court confirmation process was political in nature — but Napolitano again put his foot down.
“Once you put that robe on, you must be divorced from the politics that got you there and the people who got you there,” he said. “Your loyalty is to the Constitution and the laws.”
Watch the video below.
Fox's Andrew Napolitano suggests that Trump calling Dr. Ford's testimony a "hoax" and Democrats "evil" for opposing Kavanaugh may have damaged the "intellectual legitimacy" of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/eIQ4v4P25B
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 9, 2018
‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’: Thousands March to Supreme Court to Demand Senate #StopKavanaugh
As Democrats realize the FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh was a sham – designed from start to finish to provide cover, but no actual new information for GOP Senators – thousands are marching to the Supreme Court to protest.
Amid chants of “Whose Court? Our Court!” “Shut it Down,” “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and, “Hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh’s got to go!” protestors are taking over key parts of Washington, D.C., just as they did one week ago.
MoveOn’s Ben Wikler just posted this video:
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) October 4, 2018
More shots from the current protests:
This young woman that has joined protestors outside of the Supreme Court today to stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has more courage than some of our elected officials. #FBIReport #StopKanavaugh #ShamInvestigation pic.twitter.com/pbMbKLKoXh
— Simar (@sahluwal) October 4, 2018
— TheNationReport (@TheNationReport) October 4, 2018
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 4, 2018
Say it loud and say it clear 🗣
— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 4, 2018
The crowd is big and the mood is fierce: Marching on the Supreme Court to #StopKavanaugh with @womensmarch @ACLU @CWAUnion @MomsRising @Greenpeace @TransEquality @WorkingFamilies + many more pic.twitter.com/NQ8I0xkrbJ
— L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman) October 4, 2018
The rally to #StopKavanaugh is ramping up.
— People Power (@peoplepower) October 4, 2018
— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) October 4, 2018
We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We still believe Anita Hill.
We believe survivors.
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) October 4, 2018
College Roommate Sets Record Straight: Kavanaugh Lied Under Oath (Video)
On Wednesday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh freshmen year college roommate James Roche.
Roche said that Kavanaugh lied under oath while testifying in front of the Senate Judicial committee about his drinking behavior.
He also noted that the second Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez should be listened to. Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party.
“Why are you doing an interview now?” Cooper asked.
“I have decided and then decided not to participate in this thing multiple times. There’s very little upside for me and there’s a considerable downside for me. But at the end of the day, it feels like there are not enough people who are willing and can credibly say I know this girl,” Roche said.
He added, “She didn’t lie and she wouldn’t lie. I can’t see any reason why she would. So, it felt to me like somebody had to get up and speak for her”
“As Brett’s roommate, I’m in a singular position—I saw him use words in a different way than the way he said under oath. If a person isn’t truthful about these little things, then we ought to think very seriously about whether we should tell Debby that she’s wrong or crazy.”
Watch the video below via CNN.
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