During a Senate hearing last week, FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed that the Trump White House personally approved which of the 4,500 leads the FBI could track down during the Brett Kavanaugh assault investigation. His comments appeared to suggest that Trump was personally involved, leading to speculation that the White House only sent leads that would end up going nowhere. Farron Cousins explains what happened.
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On Thursday of this past week, there were hearings in the United States Senate where FBI director, Christopher Ray talked about a, a multitude of different things. But one of the things that did not get the attention that it deserves, I feel because this is a pretty massive story impacting the entire United States of America. Christopher Ray, when questioned by democratic Senator Sheldon white house admitted that the entire FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh was a complete sham. According to Christopher Ray, the 4,500 complaints that they received from the tip line that they had set up, you know, Hey, if you have information about Brett Kavanaugh, call us 4,500 tips and complaints came in. So Ray, you know what? I’m not gonna put words in his mouth. I’m gonna read the exchange between white house and Ray. Here it is. Ray says, when it comes to the tip line, we wanted to make sure the white house had all the information we had.
So when the hundreds of calls started coming in, we gathered those up, reviewed them and provided them to the white house. Sheldon white house responds without investigation, which Christopher Ray says, we reviewed them and then provided them to the white house. White house responds. You reviewed them for the purposes of separating from tip line traffic, but did not further investigate the ones that related to Kavanaugh, correct? Ray says correct. White house. Is it also true that in the supplemental background, inf investigation, the FBI took direction from the white house as to whom the FBI would question and even what questions the FBI could ask and Ray confirms. So it is true as to the who. I, I’m not sure as I sit here, whether it is true as to the what questions.
So the director of the FBI just confirmed that the Trump white house got all those complaints. You know, the FBI gathered them up, you know, obviously took out the ones that were just spam calls, sent them to the white house and said, tell us who you want us to call in this investigation into whether or not your Supreme court nominee raped somebody many years ago. And the Trump white house, maybe even Trump himself, we don’t know, went through and said, Hmm. Um, you can call this person. You can call this person. You cannot call these people. Here you go. And according to Christopher Ray, we don’t know. We don’t know if they told us what we could even ask the people. How in the F do you not know if they told you what you could ask? Those people? It’s a yes or no question. The fact
That you can’t give a yes or no answer, pretty much indicates that the answer is yes. If it was no you’d have said no. Anything else pretty much means yes, at this point. So Christopher Ray needs to be investigated. The FBI needs to be investigated. And here’s the problem with all of this. Again, this was an investigation into whether or not Donald Trump’s Supreme court nominee raped somebody. So the investigation from the start was a sham. That’s not a surprise to anyone. We knew that at the time, the fact that Trump’s white house, maybe even Trump himself picked and chose who they got to talk to. That’s new. We didn’t know that Trump was so desperate to get Kavanaugh on that court. Another hardcore, young conservative that could serve for 40 frigging years, that he didn’t care. And then the FBI kicked it over to him.
Like, why don’t you tell us what to do? And he did, or they did the white house did. So we don’t know, we don’t have closure on this. We don’t have an actual conclusion other than of course, Kavanaugh slipping through getting on the Supreme court, overturning Roe versus Wade, an investigation needs to be launched, but I’m afraid at this point that even if we investigate the people who did the investigation determine they did wrongdoing, then what are we gonna get a legitimate investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. Okay. And then what we gonna have the numbers to impeach him? Probably not.