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FBI Director Wray Confirms Kavanaugh Investigation Was 'Limited'
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11 Oct 2018 04:10 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Christopher Wray (Image source: Public domain)


After a week of Democrats insisting that the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accusations wasn't complete, FBI Director Christopher Wray is opening up and admitting the probe was "limited." 

Not to say he's bashing the work done by his agents, as he defended their work and said the investigation was "limited in scope" yet followed standard procedures.


The FBI was tasked with investigating the sexual assault allegations that were kicked off by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusation and testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the accused, Kavanaugh, who has now been sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) asked Wray at a Senate hearing how much direction the bureau's agents had from the White House when they embarked on the investigation into Ford's and the others' claims. She wanted to know why they never bothered to interview Ford or Kavanaugh.


"As is standard, the investigation was very specific in scope, limited in scope, and that is the usual process," explained Wray. "My folks have assured me that the usual process was followed." 

The senator next asked if the FBI looked into whether or not Kavanaugh may have misled Congress in his public testimony. "That's not something I could discuss here," answered Wray.


This wasn't a hearing about the Supreme Court nominee or the FBI, though. This was a hearing about security threats. Along with Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 

Wrap didn't answer if White House counsel Donald McGahn was involved in the discussions between the White House and the FBI regarding the Kavanaugh investigation. He would only say what he was told, that the FBI's security division coordinated the probe with the security office of the White House.


He insisted the investigation was "consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long ways." 

It had been said earlier that the bureau reached out to 11 people, with 10 of them agreeing to speak with them.


Democrats have maintained that White House officials prevented the FBI from conducting a more thorough investigation. Harris complained in a speech on the Senate floor last week that the investigation was "not a search for the truth. This was not an investigation. This was an abdication of responsibility and duty." 

This wasn't a criminal investigation, though, and was only a background check, and these are carried out differently. The latter is done independently from administration oversight to see if someone should be charged with a crime. The former takes place as requested by the White House to answer questions about a nominee or job candidate.


Despite this, on Monday at a ceremony celebrating Kavanaugh being sworn in, Trump said that "what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process." 

Ford's attorneys wrote directly to Wray and called it "inconceivable" that his group could finish the investigation without interviewing either Ford or Kavanaugh.


But Wray had his mind on other things at this hearing, such as terrorism. "Right now as I sit here, we're currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world, and about 1,000 of those cases are homegrown violent extremists, and they're in all 50 states," he said, concluding, "In the last year or so we've made hundreds of arrests of terrorism subjects." 

It does make you wonder if they are being more thorough with those investigations, as that's something that matters more to the White House.

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