Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys to FBI: 'It is inconceivable' to investigate without speaking to her originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Attorneys for California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, say they are demanding to speak with the FBI agent in charge of the background investigation.
"It has been five days since the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the White House announced that the FBI had been directed to conduct a supplemental investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to investigate credible allegations of sexual assault made by our client, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford," the letter to FBI Director Chris Wray and FBI General Counsel Dana Boente read before criticizing what her attorneys say is a lack of outreach.
"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you," the letter continued.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump said his embattled Supreme Court nominee's confirmation depends on what comes back from the FBI investigation.
"I think that Judge Kavanaugh is doing pretty well it seems to me over the last 24 hours," he said from the White House South Lawn just before departing on Marine One. "A lot is going to depend on what comes back from the FBI in terms of their additional, number seven, investigation."
Trump also said he was worried about the nation's young men.
“I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump said. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice.”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process took a turn after the Senate Judiciary Committee weighed testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford during a marathon, and at times, explosive hearing last Thursday.
Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the allegation and all others that have surfaced.
In the past 24 hours, in response to pressure from Democratic and moderate Republican senators, the White House has eased limitations on the FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh that Trump set into motion Friday. The White House, at the urging of the Senate Judiciary Committee, an effort led in part by Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons, directed the FBI to look into what the committee deemed as "credible" allegations of sexual misconduct.
Trump continued his staunch defense of his Supreme Court pick on Tuesday saying he will be "totally impartial" as a Supreme Court justice.
"I think he's a great judge, he's known as a great judge."
On Monday, Trump called for a "comprehensive" but "quick" FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct as the agency works to meet a looming deadline.
After Ford came forward, another allegation emerged from Deborah Ramirez, who knew Kavanaugh in college at Yale University, and who accused him of sexual misconduct in a separate incident during their freshman year.
The White House specifically requested FBI interviews with Ramirez, among three others. The FBI has been authorized to interview anyone it wants, with a focus on two allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh raised separately by Ford and Ramirez, sources close to the process say.