Rachel Maddow suggested on Monday night that Brett Kavanaugh is only on the Supreme Court today because of a sham investigation tightly controlled by the Trump administration.
Maddow explained how Senate Republicans put on a show of saying a phony, week-long FBI investigation was sufficient enough to “clear” Kavanaugh, but it has taken reporters a year to uncover new corroborating evidence.
“They never interviewed 25 names Deborah Ramirez gave them to corroborate her claims,” Maddow said of the FBI. “Reporters now – later – less than a year later, working on this, are able to, in fact, find seven different witnesses to corroborate her claims. The FBI never bothered.”
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‘During his Senate testimony, Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been the talk of campus. Our reporting suggests that it was. At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting it was discussed among students at the time.’ This revelation and further reporting … that indicates that the FBI didn’t just investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh. At least 25 names were given to the FBI to corroborate the Ramirez allegations and the FBI spoke with none of those people. These revelations that the FBI just didn’t do an investigation into the multiple allegations against Kavanaugh, I mean, they never interviewed Kavanaugh. They never interviewed Christine Blassey Ford. They never interviewed 25 names Deborah Ramirez gave them to corroborate her claims. Reporters now later, less than a year later working on this, are able to, in fact, find seven different witnesses to corroborate her claims. The FBI never bothered. All of this is prompting a revisitation of the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle which happened roughly this time last year. But it’s now resulting in new calls that Kavanaugh should, perhaps, be impeached from the high court for, among other things, lying under oath during his confirmation process including about some of these sexual assault allegations.
Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be near the Supreme Court
The disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh were credible at the time they were made. A year later, as Maddow points out, they have become even more credible as the press continues digging into them long after the sham FBI probe ended.
What this shows is that Republicans in the Senate didn’t rush to confirm Kavanaugh because they thought he was innocent of the charges. Quite the contrary, in fact.
The GOP knew that the longer the scrutiny of Kavanaugh lasted, the more tarnished he would look. The last thing they wanted was one of their prized Supreme Court picks to go up in flames just ahead of a critical election year when Democrats were poised to make big gains.
Ultimately, Brett Kavanaugh has no business being near the U.S. Supreme Court. The more we learn about the serious allegations against him, the more obvious that fact becomes.
Of course, Republicans knew all of that last year, which is why they – with the help of the president’s stranglehold over the FBI – rushed to place him on the court.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.