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Feinstein Falsely Claims GOP Blocking FBI Probe of Kavanaugh Allegation

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Senator Dianne Feinstein falsely claimed on Tuesday that Republicans want to block an FBI investigation into a sexual-assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Republicans have learned nothing from Anita Hill. President Bush asked the FBI to do its job and investigate Hill’s allegations, which it did,” the California Democrat said. “Now, under the Trump administration, Republicans want to do even less by blocking any investigation into Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations.”

Feinstein received a letter in July from Ford, a California psychology professor who accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed, covering her mouth with his hand, and trying to undress her at party in the early 1980s when they were both in high school. Ford said she thought he might “inadvertently kill” her before she was able to escape and flee the house. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegation.

Democrats called for the FBI to investigate, but the bureau declined, saying the allegation does not involve any potential federal crime.

“The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “The purpose of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States. The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime. The FBI’s role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.”

On Monday, it was announced the Senate Judiciary Committee would hear sworn testimony on the allegations from Kavanaugh and Ford on September 24. Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley has confirmed that the committee does not plan to hear from any other witnesses at that time.

“Two people ought to be able to present their stories and then we’ll have to be the jury,” Grassley said. “Accusers deserve to be heard and, after they’re heard . . . we also have a responsibility to hear Judge Kavanaugh.”

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