FBI failed to fully investigate Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats say – live

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5.34pm BST

A number of Senate Democrats are questioning the FBI’s handling of tips into Brett Kavanaugh during the now Supreme Court justice’s confirmation process. Per The New York Times:

Nearly three years after Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation to the Supreme Court, the F.B.I. has disclosed more details about its efforts to review the justice’s background, leading a group of Senate Democrats to question the thoroughness of the vetting and conclude that it was shaped largely by the Trump White House.

In a letter dated June 30 to two Democratic senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Delaware, an F.B.I. assistant director, Jill C. Tyson, said that the most “relevant” of the 4,500 tips the agency received during an investigation into Mr. Kavanaugh’s past were referred to White House lawyers in the Trump administration, whose handling of them remains unclear.

Washington, DC – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray last evening requesting additional information on the FBI’s 2018 supplemental background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The senators’ request follows a letter from the Bureau to Whitehouse and Coons revealing new details on the Kavanaugh background investigation, including that the FBI gathered over 4,500 tips in relation to the investigation without any apparent further action by FBI investigators. The Bureau also confirmed that tips from the tip line were instead provided to the Trump White House Counsel’s office, where their fate is unknown.

5.13pm BST

Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is on the panel to investigate the 6 January mob attack, thinks it would be a good idea for Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, another outspoken anti-Trump Republican, to join the panel.

Pelosi mulls adding more anti-Trump Republicans to Jan. 6 investigation

Cheney tells me – Kinzinger would be a “tremendous addition to the committee. I think ultimately it’s up to the speaker, but I would certainly support it” https://t.co/rVJkzpTBSm

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/jul/22/covid-coronavirus-cdc-us-politics-latest-news-live
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