Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that “as soon as Democrats get gavels” they will launch investigations into Judge Brett Kavanaugh, even if he has already been confirmed to the Supreme Court.
“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 said. “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? 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,” Whitehouse continued. “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.”
“We’re out of time, but I want to make sure I understood what you just said,” Tapper responded. “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?”
“I am confident of that,” Whitehouse declared. “And I think we’ll also be investigating why the FBI stood down its background investigation when this came up in this particular background.”