The limit on the list of people the FBI plans to talk to about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past, as well as the difficulty many would-be witnesses are facing in their attempts to contribute their information, is raising Democratic hackles.
According to a Sunday New Yorker article, multiple people have tried to go to the FBI with pertinent information about Kavanaugh, only to be stymied by seemingly unorganized and uninterested agents.
One of these potential witnesses is Elizabeth Rasor, an ex-girlfriend of Mark Judge. Rasor says that Judge told her about an episode where he and his friends “took turns” having sex with a drunk woman, an act that seems to mirror Kavanaugh’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick’s, allegation. Judge has also been accused by professor Christine Blasey Ford of being an accomplice to Kavanaugh during a separate alleged sexual assault.
Another is an unnamed Yale classmate who wanted to corroborate Deborah Ramirez’s accusation that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her at a college party. “I thought it was going to be an investigation, but instead it seems it’s just an alibi for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh,” the unnamed Yale classmate told the New Yorker.
Both Rasor and the unnamed Yale classmate were allegedly stonewalled by the FBI, eventually being told to leave their accounts with an 800-number tip line.
According to the New Yorker, Blasey Ford herself also has tried to cooperate with the FBI, but per her attorney has “heard nothing back.”
A Sunday Washington Post report added that, per an unnamed U.S. official, the FBI does not intend to interview Swetnick or anybody who was not present during the first two alleged episodes.
Some are reacting with publicly-released letters.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for a copy of the scope of limitations the White House initially gave the FBI, as well as any amendments that have since been added.
Some Georgetown Prep alumni are also taking their demands public, per the Washington Post, calling upon high school classmates of Kavanaugh’s to come forward with any information about the alleged sexual assaults or pertinent “background” information, no matter the “personal cost.”