The Senate Judiciary Committee questioned FBI Director Chris Wray on Wednesday about the process behind the FBI investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris grilled Wray on the process and how much influence the White House had over the investigation.
While Wray avoided questions about whether 40 witnesses were questioned that could know information about the sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh, he admitted to the Senator that the White House limited the scope of the investigation.
“Our supplemental update to the previous background investigation was limited in scope and that is consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long ways,” Wray said.
Harris pressed on, asking the FBI director who the Bureau had contact with in the White House.
“The communication between the FBI and the White House for nominations, including judicial nominations, is through the FBI’s security division, which has background investigation specialists, and the White House Office of security,” Wray replied. “Communication occurred between White House office of security and FBI security division.”
This whole 4-minute clip is worth watching. Kamala Harris grills FBI Director Chris Wray on the Kavanaugh supplemental background investigation, Wray confirms that the investigation was "limited in scope" by the White House. (via CSPAN)pic.twitter.com/bBLrHlrmQH
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While Republicans claimed the background check was thorough enough to vote through Kavanaugh, top Democrats criticized the report last week, calling it “incomplete.”
The FBI reportedly did not interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford in the investigation, although they did interview another accuser, Deborah Ramirez.
However, the lawyers of both Ford and Ramirez stated that they don’t think the FBI did enough to properly look into the allegations of sexual misconduct made against the now Supreme Court justice.
Harris brought up the number of witnesses potentially overlooked by the FBI, which she claimed there were more than 40 of.
“Again, I would say, what I said at the beginning, which is as is standard, the investigation was very specific in scope, limited in scope and that is the usual process,” Wray replied. “My folks have assured me that the usual process was followed.”