In an op-ed for The New York Times, former FBI Director James Comey likens the allowed one-week investigation into the sexual assault allegation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavaughan to his experience with the Hillary Clinton email investigation. No matter what evidence or answers are found, one side of the political aisle is going to be furious with the FBI.
‘If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee. Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn’t change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee.’
James Comey writes of the Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation, "Although the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process, the FBI is up for this. It's not as hard as Republicans hope it will be." https://t.co/f419dDE53j
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2018
However, he says he has full faith that the agents will handle the investigation with professionalism and get to the truth. Kavanaugh has painted himself into a corner with his repeated lies under oath that will point investigators in the right direction, since “they know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper.”
Comey also excoriated the process as its been carried out so far, pointing out the many alarm bells it should be setting off.
‘We live in a world where the president routinely attacks the F.B.I. because he fears its work. He calls for his enemies to be prosecuted and his friends freed. We also live in a world where a sitting federal judge channels the president by shouting attacks at the Senate committee considering his nomination and demanding to know if a respected senator has ever passed out from drinking. We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many “false” accusations against him.
‘Most disturbingly, we live in a world where millions of Republicans and their representatives think nearly everything in the previous paragraph is O.K.’
In NYT, James Comey says FBI can investigate Ford-Kavanaugh situation in 7 days. In part, he says, because agents are good at figuring out who's telling the truth. Can't help applying this to Michael Flynn case, when agents did not think Flynn was lying: https://t.co/PkUe5yNHdo pic.twitter.com/R2gLHsnWvR
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 30, 2018
Despite all of this, Comey says it only makes the FBI’s job easier in investigating the claims. With no set agenda by any party, investigators are able to seek truth and record it, regardless of how anyone on either side of the aisle feels about it.
‘As strange as it sounds, there is freedom in being totally screwed. Agents can just do their work. Find facts. Speak truth to power. Despite all the lies and all the attacks, there really are people who just want to figure out what’s true. The F.B.I. is full of them.’
Former FBI Director James Comey says the bureau's investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh shouldn't be limited to one week, calling the process "deeply flawed" and "idiotic.”https://t.co/yaa5ogIJUC
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 30, 2018
With just six days left before the vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the nation anxiously awaits results from an investigation that is quite limited in its scope and time frame, but Comey believes that will not impede any search for truth by the FBI.