Surprise. President Trump lied again.
Earlier today, Trump claimed that the FBI told him they didn’t want to be involved in investigating allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump told reporters today at the White House, “I don’t think the FBI really need to be involved because they don’t want to be involved. If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing.””
That didn’t make sense, since that’s the FBI‘s job and they would do it if asked by Trump or anyone at the White House, which fact we noted at the time.
What Trump meant, of course, was that Trump did not want them to investigate.
And the fact checks came rolling in.
A. This a normal thing to do, as we noted: “Contrary to Trump’s claim, the FBI certainly would do a background investigation if asked by the White House or other agencies, but they have to be asked to do it. Trump and Republicans have not asked them.”
And B: The FBI now says they never told Trump or anyone at the White House this. Bloomberg News reported that the FBI did not tell Trump or anyone at the White House that the bureau doesn’t want to be involved in an investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh.
Bloomberg News: The FBI did not tell Trump or anyone else at the White House that the bureau doesn’t want to be involved in an investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the matter.
— Chris Strohm (@cstrohm) September 19, 2018
Trump says what he wants things to be, not what they are. He might not know the difference. The reality is the FBI routinely investigates the backgrounds of nominees, but they must be asked to do so.
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