A Democratic senator believes that as soon as Democrats “get gavels” after the midterm elections, they will investigate Judge Brett Kavanaugh even if he is “rammed through” and confirmed.
Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, replied to a scenario put forth by CNN host Jake Tapper as he asked what would happen if Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, does not show up before Congress on Monday.
“Well, first of all, there’s a factual dispute here which is that she said that young Kavanaugh molested and assaulted her, and he says that he didn’t,” Whitehouse replied on CNN’s “The Lead” on Thursday. “There was a witness in the room who has never been subjected to a proper investigative effort of any kind. He has not been interviewed. He’s never said anything under oath. There were supposedly other boys. There’s a whole investigative process that can and should take place.”
“And you know what?”Whitehouse added. “This is such bad practice that even if they were to ram this guy through, as soon as Democrats get gavels we’re going to want to get to the bottom of this. You can’t ignore a crime victim’s claim that something happened, refuse to investigate, throw her up into the stand without the least bit of support for her, without the least bit of effort to corroborate what she says, and then walk away from that as if you’ve behaved at all properly. There isn’t a prosecutor or a victim advocate in the country who would tolerate that.”
At the end of the segment, Tapper clarified the Democrat’s remarks to be sure he “understood” what he had said.
“If the Democrats win back the House and/or the Senate, Democrats will investigate what happened, the charges that Professor Ford is laying out, even if that means investigating a Supreme Court justice at the time?” he asked.
“I am confident of that,” Whitehouse responded. “And I think we’ll also be investigating why the FBI stood down its background investigation when this came up in this particular background.”
Whitehouse’s grandstanding served only to reinforce what Republicans have been accusing Democrats of doing.
— Terri D Collins 🇺🇸 (@TerriDelCo) September 21, 2018
Pretty serious threats by people NOT in power, but at least a glimpse into there intentions is they gain power. VOTE RED 11.6.18!
— Lori Schneerer (@LSchneerer) September 21, 2018
But will they investigate the sexual assault allegations made by Keith Ellison’s girlfriend? Probably not. 🤔
— David Carroll (@Carroll1970) September 20, 2018
— Orca (@OrcasRevenge) September 21, 2018