Well, they certainly did not waste any time.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The FBI has begun contacting people as part of an additional background investigation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including a second woman who alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the unfolding investigation.
The bureau has reached out to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s who alleges that he shoved his genitals in her face at a party where she had been drinking and become disoriented. It was not clear that agents had yet interviewed Ramirez. But the FBI is moving quickly to contact people as part of the new background investigation, which President Trump ordered on Friday under pressure from
key members of his party.
The FBI also is following up on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychologist, who testified to the Senate this week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school in suburban Washington, D.C.
We also learned that Ford’s good friend will also cooperate with investigators.
Courtesy of CNN:
Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were at a party in high school, does not refute the veracity of the allegation, although she does not remember the alleged incident, her lawyer said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, claims that during a party in the early 1980s at which Keyser and several others were present, Kavanaugh drunkenly pushed her into a bedroom, pinned her down and attempted to remove her clothes before she was able to escape. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.
“Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account,” Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, wrote in the letter, which was sent to the committee overnight Friday. “However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question.”
Walsh also said in the letter that Keyser will “cooperate fully” with an FBI investigation into the allegation.
The Republicans liked to bandy about Keyser’s name as proof that Ford was not believable, but memories can certainly be jogged under FBI questioning and there is no telling what details she might remember about Kavanaugh or those house parties, which might help her friend’s case.
However, it should be noted that the White House retains control over the parameters of the investigation.
Courtesy of CBS News:
The FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be defined by White House instructions, former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko told CBS News.
It’s unlikely, said Hosko, that the White House would ask the FBI to track down leads that could tarnish Kavanaugh’s reputation, such as looking more thoroughly into his history of drinking and questioning his credibility. The White House dictates “what they want the FBI to do, and by extension, what they don’t want the FBI to do
Hosko said that he believes that if the investigation just involves interviewing four to five people, it should be wrapped up in a few days. It would then be presented to the White House, which would then give the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If there is nothing truly new in the report, it likely won’t take long for the document to be made public.
“Is the instruction to interview the four people? If that’s what their instruction is, that’s what they’ll do,” Hosko said, adding that the investigators were unlikely to pursue other leads without instruction.
Well, that’s a little troubling.
Update: Afer I wrote all of this up last night Trump sent out this tweet.
NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people. Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion. Please correct your reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
Now we could assume that the New York Times and various other news outlets were wrong about the White House restricting this investigation, or we can consider the fact that Trump recognized the intense scrutiny on this process and removed his thumb from the scale.
Either way, it should give us all a little more hope on a more fact-based outcome.