Democrats wasted not one moment of time before complaining that the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh – THAT THEY ASKED FOR – was not good enough. Sen. Bernie Sanders (who is, in fairness, not strictly a Democrat) led the charge, sending a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley to demand that the FBI be allowed to investigate for as long as they want – not just a week, as set forth by the president. Additionally, the Vermont senator said that the FBI should not limit the scope of their investigation to merely the subject of the sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh. He said that the FBI should investigate every detail of the Supreme Court nominee’s testimony to determine whether or not he committed perjury on the stand.
“The Senate should not constrain the FBI to one week and must allow time for a full investigation,” Sanders wrote. “I would request that you inform the FBI that you will not consider their work complete until they examine the truthfulness of Judge Kavanaugh’s statements under oath while testifying before the Senate throughout his career, given the very serious fact that lying to Congress is a federal crime.”
Among the subjects that Sanders wants the FBI to investigate: Kavanaugh’s testimony regarding stolen files from the George W. Bush era, Kavanaugh’s involvement in the NSA wiretapping program, the nomination of Judge William Pryor, Guantanamo Bay, his opinion on polygraph examinations, and whether or not he treats women “as friends and equals.”
And hey, if this investigation happens to keep Kavanaugh tied up until well after the midterms…that’s just the price you pay for justice, right?
Wrong, says Chuck Grassley. He smacked down Sanders effortlessly in a letter that shows you just how well the Judiciary chairman sees through these cynical Democrat ploys. He pointed out that Sanders himself declared that he was a “no” vote on Kavanaugh long before the confirmation hearings had begun.
“Your public statements clearly reveal how unimportant it is to you to review any facts related to this nomination,” Grassley wrote. “So you can imagine my surprise at receiving your letter regarding the supplemental FBI background investigation. This supplemental FBI background investigation was requested by undecided members of both parties. Am I to take from your letter that you are now undecided and willing to seriously engage with the Senate’s advice-and-consent constitutional duties related to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States? If so, we should have a conversation about what information you need to assist you in making a decision, and I look forward to that conversation.”
We’ll assume that Grassley is not holding his breath for a reply. We won’t either.