FILE -In this April 26, 2004, file photo, Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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NYC members of Congress slam FBI's Kavanaugh probe

October 04, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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By David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Following the FBI's early-morning release of its investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, several Democratic members of Congress from New York City are blasting the agency for what they perceive as a rushed and unthorough investigation.

It appears that the investigation --  which President Donald Trump reluctantly ordered under pressure from a handful of senators -- doesn't provide any bombshells, nor corroborate the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her. 

"There's nothing in it that we didn't already know," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a written statement. He said he based his view on a briefing from committee aides and added, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct."

Several senators said 10 witnesses were interviewed for the report. One senator said it was about 50 pages long.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, who represents parts of Queens, slammed the FBI's handling of the investigation, tweeting, "Dozens of willing witnesses, many who were either hesitant to come forward at first or even supported Kavanaugh, that were then compelled by Kavanaugh's blatant white-washing of his past to refute his testimony. The FBI either chose or was compelled not to hear them."

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, tweeted, "This is a lifetime job on the Supreme Court & we have credible evidence the nominee may be a sexual predator. If the WH directed the FBI to rush this investigation w/o interviewing witnesses such as Dr. Ford, it'll go down as an attempt to gaslight the Senate & American public."

And Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who represents parts of Brooklyn, slammed the FBI for its limited release of its report, tweeting, "This is a democracy. Not a dictatorship. Republicans must release FBI report to the American people. What are you hiding?"

Also taking to Twitter Thursday were Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Adriano Espaillat, who didn't explicitly point a finger at the FBI, but urged senators against voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

"Senators should think about how history will judge them," Maloney wrote. "There is plenty of evidence that #Kavanaugh is unfit for #SCOTUS. Law school profs say so. Churches say so. You can’t say you didn’t know. Google and Wikipedia will remember. #DoTheRightThing."

And Espaillat wrote, "6 witnesses have come forward to say #Kavanaugh lied under oath about drinking. America deserves better than this. #StopKavanaugh."