Jul 23, 2021 07:33 UTC
  • FBI failed to fully investigate Kavanaugh allegations: Democrats

The FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018, according to newly released materials.

Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said a letter they had received from the FBI last month shows it gathered over 4,500 tips pertaining to its investigation of the claims against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was the second of three jurists former Republican president Donald Trump appointed to lifetime spots on the top court during his term, cementing a 6-3 conservative majority.

His nomination, however, blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in Washington in 1982.

Two other women also accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Trump, however, refused to turn to an alternative choice when Kavanaugh became engulfed in the scandal.

The FBI, which was then asked to conduct investigation into the allegations, was later accused of conducting an incomplete background check, not following up on tips and ignoring potential witnesses.