Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, is doing his part to erase the legacy of former President Donald Trump.
Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday seeking the DOJ’s “cooperation in four Judiciary Committee oversight matters,” according to a statement on his Senate website.
Whitehouse asks the DOJ “to clean up the ‘unfinished business’ of stonewalled Judiciary Committee oversight during and even before the Trump administration.”
This includes a “review of civil litigation, based on tobacco industry precedent, concerning climate change denial and obstruction by the fossil fuel industry; the cursory and politically constrained FBI investigation of allegations of sexual assault regarding Brett Kavanaugh; the Antitrust Division’s interaction with automakers regarding their California fuel efficiency standards negotiation; and the Department’s failure to investigate apparently false statements made by politically active nonprofit groups to the Internal Revenue Service.”
Specifically, Whitehouse is asking the DOJ to reevaluate the background investigation conducted by the FBI into current Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his 2018 Senate confirmation process. He has alleged that the probe had been “politically-constrained and perhaps fake” as opposed to what FBI Director Christopher Wray had promised which was a “background investigation ‘consistent with [the FBI’s] long-standing policies, practices, and procedures.'”
“If standard procedures were violated, and the Bureau conducted a fake investigation rather than a sincere, thorough and professional one, that in my view merits congressional oversight to understand how, why, and at whose behest and with whose knowledge or connivance, this was done,” the letter said.
“If … the ‘investigation’ was conducted with drawbridges up and a fake ‘tip line’ and that was somehow ‘by the book,’ as Director Wray claimed, that would raise serious questions about the ‘book’ itself.”
The lengthy letter can be viewed here.
We all remember the far-left Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the frumpy Stanford college professor with the little girl voice. In a last ditch effort to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate, she was trotted out by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat. It was imperative, Feinstein insisted, that she testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate had to put everything on hold for a week so that woman-child Blasey Ford could drive to Washington, D.C. from California. She’d claimed she was afraid to fly because the Kavanaugh assault had left her with a fear of closed spaces. It was later proven that she regularly flew to Hawaii on vacations with her family.
She testified that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at some point in the early 1980s, however, she’d been so traumatized she couldn’t recall the exact year.
It turned out that none of the four witnesses she named as having been present at the party where she claimed the alleged attack occurred have any memory of it. The last of the four, childhood friend Leyland Keyser, told the FBI she had no recollection of the party.
Then-judge Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegations.
Blasey Ford’s testimony, and a succession of other inconceivable allegations which came after it, “prompted a second hearing on Kavanaugh’s nomination” and forced the FBI to conduct a “subsequent supplemental FBI investigation,” according to Fox News.
The inconsistencies in Blasey Ford’s statements continued to grow and ultimately Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. It was a low point in American political history and the Democrats refused to let it go.
Blasey Ford’s ugly, baseless accusations inflicted much damage, not only to Kavanaugh and his family, but also to America.
It’s not a surprise that Whitehouse, a prolific conspiracy theorist, would try to revive this fiction. During the Senate confirmation hearing for then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, he spent his time talking about how dark money is stealing the Supreme Court.
When it was his turn to speak, Whitehouse explained “the connections between dark-money groups and legal advocates that have helped support the revolution in the federal judiciary under then-President Trump and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,” according to NPR.
Perhaps Whitehouse should be exercising caution at a time when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is facing far more credible allegations of sexual misconduct.
Oh, and let’s not forget that our President has a few skeletons of his own in his closet.