Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse confused millions of users on social media this week when he suggested a Congressional investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh “continues” following an alleged “cover-up”.
“The very bare minimum that a person who comes forward is owed, is sincere and thorough investigation. Dr. Blasey Ford was denied that. As today’s letter shows, the investigation continues. Everyone deserves real answers, not cover-ups,” posted Whitehouse on Twitter.
The very bare minimum that a person who comes forward is owed, is sincere and thorough investigation. Dr. Blasey Ford was denied that. As today’s letter shows, the investigation continues.
Everyone deserves real answers, not cover-ups. pic.twitter.com/Jx20vpjGAF
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) July 22, 2021
“I will make a personal pledge to you here, that however long it takes, in whatever form I can do it, I will make sure that your claims get a full and proper investigation, and not this,” the Senator told Dr. Blasey Ford in 2018.
A group of Democratic Senators said in a statement that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018. https://t.co/ZbKmPHmhJt pic.twitter.com/7LQ2vfeI8j
— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) July 22, 2021
A group of seven progressive Senators claimed this week that recently released material from the FBI shows the agency failed to “fully investigate” Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings after being nominated by President Donald Trump.
“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,” the Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray.
“Because the FBI and Trump’s White House Counsel hid the ball on this, we do not know how many of those 4,500 tips were consequential, how many of those tips supported Dr. Ford’s testimony, or how many showed that Kavanaugh perjured himself during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said lawyers for Dr. Ford.
Read the full report here.
BACKLASH BUILDS: NY Times Under Fire over Botched Kavanaugh ‘Bombshell’
The New York Times continued to fend-off attacks from both Republicans and Democrats Tuesday, with multiple outlets attacking the newspaper for publishing a “bombshell” report on Brett Kavanaugh without providing exculpatory material.
“Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself,” writes the Associated Press.
“After the story was posted online but before it was in the print edition, the Times revised the story to add that the book reported that the woman supposedly involved in the incident declined to be interviewed, and that her friends say she doesn’t recall the incident. While an editor’s note pointed out the revision, it did not say why those facts had been left out in the first place. A Times spokeswoman said no one was available for an interview on Monday,” adds the AP.
2020 presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris doubled-down on her calls for the impeachment of Kavanaugh Monday night; calling new allegations against the judge “credible.”
“Christine Blasey Ford, who literally had nothing to gain by coming forward… nothing to gain. She had a perfect life. And she looked at the fact that this guy was being nominated and said, ‘the American people had the right to know what I know,’ and she was treated like a criminal,” Harris told MSNBC.
“So yes, I call for impeachment,” Harris told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “I believe that is the clearest way for us to get an investigation of these allegations and we should open an investigation of these allegations.”
I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.
He must be impeached.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019
“I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached,” posted Harris on social media over the weekend.
The New York Times ultimately issued an apology and retracted key aspects of the story after the alleged victim claims to have no memory of the incident.
BACKLASH: NBC Anchor Says Michael Avenatti May Have ‘MISLED’ Network over Kavanaugh Accusation
NBC News anchor Chuck Todd accused lawyer and potential 2020 candidate Michael Avenatti of potentially “misleading” his network over accusations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week; adding the “evidence points that way.”
“Was this an intentional attempt to mislead our reporters? Evidence points that way,” posted the anchor on social media, referencing an NBC report that raised “new questions” over Avenatti’s behavior.
Was this an intentional attempt to mislead our reporters? Evidence points that way… https://t.co/MOxE8WiGK4
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 26, 2018
Todd’s comments come just hours after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Avenatti to the Department of Justice for making false statements during Kavanaugh’s brutal confirmation battle.