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White House Confirms FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation Only Looked at What Republican Senators Wanted
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=15321"><span class="small">Josh Israel, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Thursday, 04 October 2018 12:43

Israel writes: "Asked why the FBI was not permitted to investigate whether Kavanaugh had memory lapses - as his former Yale roommate and other former classmates have alleged - Shah argued that no Senator who matters wanted to know."

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah. (photo: ABC News)
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah. (photo: ABC News)

White House Confirms FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation Only Looked at What Republican Senators Wanted

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

04 October 18

Raj Shah says it's irrelevant whether Trump's Supreme Court pick had memory lapses since he admitted he likes beer.

he White House announced early Thursday morning that the FBI has completed its “supplemental background investigation” into Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s pick for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. And later that morning, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told CNN that the investigation included just nine comprehensive interviews and no examination into whether the nominee may have lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he denied ever getting so drunk that he blacked out and had memory lapses.

Shah claimed that the White House had simply had the FBI investigate what the Senate was “interested in,” but then clarified that by that he only meant Senate Republicans.

Asked why the FBI was not permitted to investigate whether Kavanaugh had memory lapses — as his former Yale roommate and other former classmates have alleged — Shah argued that no Senator who matters wanted to know.

“All the folks that are demanding this type of investigation in the Senate are Democrats who have already pledged to vote no. They don’t want additional information to make a decision. They want to delay this process.”

Raj also argued that the multiple allegations of memory lapses are unimportant because Kavanaugh testified in last week’s hearing that he liked alcohol.

“A lot of people are coming forward about claims about his high school and college drinking which the Senate hasn’t asked us about, but also more importantly, he has already admitted in his testimony that he drank in high school, drank in college, sometimes drank too much, drank underage. He said he likes beer. I don’t really know what folks who are demanding an open-ended fishing expedition into those areas want other than delay, delay, delay.”

The Trump administration claimed earlier in the week that it had urged the Bureau to talk to anyone necessary to investigate the allegations made by at least three women that an intoxicated Kavanaugh had engaged in sexual predation in high school and college. But dozens of potential sources were not contacted or were ignored when they offered to testify and the investigators did not even talk to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Supreme Court nominee once tried to rape her.

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+16 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-04 13:09
0 # ericlipps 2018-10-04 23:29
Quoting wilhelmscream:

I'm shocked, SHOCKED!

Trump was never going to allow anyone to deny Him (capital "H" intended) another puppet on this nation's highest court. This last-minute investigation was a sham.
+2 # kath 2018-10-05 06:15
It's a mistake to think this was an "investigation. " It was simply a performance to provide a fig leaf to three Republican senators who wanted to (and will) vote yes but were afraid. I hope, by the way, that this will finally stop the media from portraying Susan Collins as a "moderate." She loves the attention pretending to vacillate brings her, but she's nothing but an obedient Republican shill.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-05 06:37
This is probably true and it is a mistake. The FBI should have interviewed all the people involved. In this way, it could have categorially ruled out some of the accusers, such as porn lawyer Avenutty's client. She has been refuted in the media, but that's not good enough.

With an incomplete investigation, suspicions of Kavanaugh will persist for his lifetime. Half the nation will continue to believe that Ford told the truth and that K is a rapist, a drunk, and a general abuser of women. His reputation has been trashed and no one wants to be around him.

The FBI should have interviews Ford. There are very many holes in her story and questions that have never been asked. If her memory of this event first occurred in Recovered Memory Therapy -- which actually seems to be the case -- then it is almost certainly not true. This could be discovered by interviewing her therapists.

A half-done job will only stoke up animosity against K. It would be a blessing to the nation if he were not confirmed by the senate vote. This sort of damaged reputation does not belong on the SC.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-05 06:41
PS -- for a good and real scholar of human memory, see Elizabeth Loftus, professor of law and cognitive science at UC Irvine.

"Elizabeth F. Loftus is an American cognitive psychologist and expert on human memory. She has conducted extensive research on the malleability of human memory. Loftus is best known for her ground-breaking work on the misinformation effect and eyewitness memory, and the creation and nature of false memories, including recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. As well as her prolific work inside the laboratory, Loftus has be…"

Ford's BS about something being burned into her hippocampus was false science.
0 # librarian1984 2018-10-05 21:25
No. Memory is more distributed than your characterizatio n. The hippocampus holds memories encoded with high emotional content. I worked with Rich Schiffrin a bit in graduate school, a superb memory researcher.

Loftus has done excellent work on some specific kinds of memory, but it is far more complex than our current understanding.

Not sure why you're so hostile to CBF.

A recent study showed that even those who rely on their ability to detect lies, eg detectives, are not much better than chance, but as someone who's studied memory and anxiety disorders at the graduate level, and experienced trauma, her testimony rings true to me.
+3 # Blackjack 2018-10-05 07:06
Lie, cheat, and steal is how Repukes get and stay in office. Fellow liars, cheaters, and stealers agree with that, so vote for Repukes. Dems cower in the corners, either too stupid to figure out what hit them or too chicken to take on a REAL fight. At the heart of everything is money (thank you, Citizen's United) and Dems have grown to love it as much as Repukes. Talk about a broken system. This one is beyond repair, at least in my lifetime. And who's gonna repair it anyway? Bernie is the only one who has the desire and wherewithal to open up the process and neither party wants to pay any attention to him.
+1 # DongiC 2018-10-05 16:55
Anyone who believes Trump on anything should have his(her) head examined. The man is a compulsive liar and profoundly dishonest. He learned this lesson at his father's knee and prevarication is one of the man's essential attributes. Often times he says the opposite of what he really means and actually intends. Like on Monday he promised a complete and fair investigation of the Kavanaugh nomination and then, had the FBI conduct a limited and narrow search. A highly effective con job which, once again, sorely divides the country. This, from a chief executive, who claims to have fallen in love with the leader of North Korea. I think the the president is nuts; likewise, the idiots who chant and shout at his political rallies. But, his strategy of firing up the Republican base for the November elections seems to be working. The cost is only a deeper split in our nation which is already feeling the strains of disunion. What is Trump's actual goal and that of the clowns he has appointed to high federal office? Is it the dissolution of our democratic republic? Does the man want to be dictator like so many of his buddies abroad starting with Kim Jon Un and ending with Vladmir Putin? God help us all.