The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court is hinging upon what the FBI finds this week in an investigation that was set in motion by the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday.
In a high drama moment the day after Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath before the Senate, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who is a member of the Committee and is retiring this year, provided the final vote to move the Kavanaugh nomination out of committee and onto the Senate floor. After convening with a few Democrats, Flake agreed to support the Kavanaugh nomination with the condition that a supplemental FBI inquiry take place that is limited in scope and lasts no longer than one week.
The candidate for a seat on the highest court in the land has already undergone six FBI background checks throughout his decades-long public service career. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that voting on Kavanaugh on the floor will take place this week.
Here are 5 things you need to know about the current FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh that is now underway.
1. The investigation will be about current charges
The supplemental investigation will consider the allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the federal judge of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were in high school, as well as Deborah Ramirez, who accused him of exposing himself to her at a party while in college. The FBI is reportedly not looking into the claims of a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, who said Kavanaugh was a part of a gang rape ring when he was in high school and she was a college student.
Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, whom Ford named as in the room during the time of her assault, has already spoken with the authorities.
Kavanaugh has consistently denied all the charges.
President Trump ordered the FBI to take another look Friday, and predicted that one day Kavanaugh would be on the bench and will be a great justice.
“It wouldn’t bother me at all,” Trump said Monday, regarding the FBI interviewing all three women who have accused Kavanaugh of misconduct. He noted that the accusations Swetnick did not appear credible to him.
2. Substance abuse questions are routine during FBI background checks
During the hearing Thursday Democratic Senators spent considerable time asking Kavanaugh about his drinking habits when he was a youth, referencing his high school yearbook, and in his college years. The federal judge admitted Thursday that he likes beer and on occasion had too many beers as a young person but never consumed enough alcohol so as to black out.
In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former chief nominations counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Gregg Nunziata explained the minutiae of FBI background investigations for judicial nominees and how the Senate handles the findings for these kinds of inquiries.
“The background investigations generally involve inquiries on eight or nine separate subjects, including loyalty to the country of course, financial stability, whether somebody lives within their means, whether they have a substance problem, and other relevant information,” Mukasey said.
Click here to read more.
Source: Christian Post