In a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, seven Democratic senators accused the FBI of being “politically constrained by the Trump White House” and failing to set up an accurate tip line during the supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh.
The accusation comes in response to a June 30 letter from Jill Tyson, assistant director for the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, that revealed the FBI received more than 4,500 tips about Kavanaugh over the course of the background check that it then turned over to the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel.
In their letter to Wray, Democrat Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Chris Coons of Delaware, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut demanded to know how the FBI defined “relevant” tips.
“Your letter fails to explain how the FBI reviewed and assessed these tips or whether the bureau conducted any interviews related to information received through the tip line or otherwise pursued the tips,” the letter said.
“If the FBI was not authorized to or did not follow up on any of the tips that it received from the tip line, it is difficult to understand the point of having a tip line at all,” it continued.
Whitehouse separately accused the FBI of running a “fake tip line that never got properly reviewed, that was presumably not ever conducted in good faith.”
The Democratic senators demanded Wray hand over “all documents” related to the FBI’s supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh.
Democrats tried to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation by pushing evidence-free sexual assault allegations against him, each of which he denied. He was confirmed after it became clear there was no substantive evidence to back the allegations.
However, some of the many “tips” that flooded into the Judiciary Committee during the dubiously predicated probe of Kavanaugh were later acknowledged to be hoaxes.
Left-wing media figures like now-disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was seeking the Democrat nomination for president at the time, encouraged cable-news followers to sow chaos.
Meanwhile, the Left’s since-ignored mantra of “Believe all women” assured false accusers that they would not be held to account for speaking their individual “truths,” following the inspiration of ‘credible’ but uncorroborated accuser Chrisine Blasey Ford.
Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.