Prznint Stupid Limits FBI In Kavanaugh Investigation

FBI not allowed to ask mystical Ouija, probably

Well, this is outrageous:

WASHINGTON — The White House is limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, multiple people briefed on the matter told NBC News.

While the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau has not been permitted to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, those people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. A White House official confirmed that Swetnick’s claims will not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh…

…But as of now, the FBI cannot ask the supermarket that employed Judge for records verifying when he was employed there, one of the sources was told. Ford said in congressional testimony Thursday that those records would help her narrow the time frame of the alleged incident which she recalls happening some time in the summer of 1982 in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Two sources familiar with the investigation said the FBI will also not be able to examine why Kavanaugh’s account of his drinking at Yale University differs from those of some former classmates, who have said he was known as a heavy drinker. Those details may be pertinent to investigating claims from Ramirez who described an alleged incident of sexual misconduct she said occurred while Kavanaugh was inebriated. Ramirez’s lawyer said Saturday that she had been contacted by the FBI and would cooperate.

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24 Responses to Prznint Stupid Limits FBI In Kavanaugh Investigation

  1. angryspittle says:

    So the only recourse we have is to bring impeachment proceedings after this shitheel is on the court because Trump is poisoning the investigation…

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    • tengrain says:

      Angryspittle –

      The same rules for impeaching an Associate Justice of the SCOTUS is the same as for President of the USA. So besides the House we would need to have 67 votes in the Senate, which would be a pretty big order when Republicans just confirmed him.

      Last time any party had 67 members was in the 1960s.

      That said, several Justices have been the subject of articles of impeachment in the past, most resigned when it happened, including a justice as recently as the 1960s (see 67 senators…) One Senator was impeached in 1804, but the Senate did not convict.

      I agree with your sentiment, I WANT to throw the bum out (along with a few others), but I’m trying to keep expectation in line with process. It is stacked against us.

      (I’m only summarizing Wikipedia, so it could all be wrong, but it seems educational.)

      Rgds,

      TG

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  2. Covering up is his reflex reaction. He’s probably bemoaning the loss of Cohen, he was hoping a one time pay-out would silence the accusers.

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  3. donnah says:

    Yep, outplayed again. The Republicans have unlimited tricks up their sleeves, and when their plans go slightly off kilter, they make up new rules. Perhaps they believed Kavanaugh would skate in without any trouble, so this hands-tied FBI “investigation” is their backup. They look like they actually care about appearances when in fact they are going to do whatever they can to whitewash this piece of shit and push him all the way through. Flake will be satisfied, all the other “wobbly” Senators can say they got their investigation, and Kavanaugh slips into his Supreme robe, safe and sound.

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    • tengrain says:

      Donnah –

      I think in this instance Flake was an honest player. AND if the whole thing is kaboshed by Comrade Stupid, wtf does Flake have to lose by voting no, especially because he’s already resigned?

      In a real way, Flake is the one (along with Collins, Murkowski, and Manchin) who are being jerked around by Trump. I think Collins is a lying shit and using this investigation as a fig leaf, but the others might not like being stooges.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • donnah says:

        I totally get your point, but wonder if Flake has aspirations of political connections as a lobbyist once he leaves the Senate, and if being a naysayer would affect those future plans. Dunno. I’m tired of his wishy-washiness, though.

        I think Collins is pretty despicable, Manchin is an idiot, and Murkowski has me disappointed. So I’m hoping that stories I’m hearing now about Avenatti and his client going on a morning talk show Sunday are true, and that he wreaks some havoc on the Republican plans to run Kavanaugh through. It’s a big stinking mess, for sure.

        I am grateful for your commentary and your constant humor. You save my sanity!

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  4. ktron says:

    So there is a law in place tthat allows a President to limit the scope of a FBI investigation?

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    • tengrain says:

      As we’ve learned from Rod Rosenstein, the FBI can be given parameters; RR was very loose with Mueller and let it be free-range, whatever Mr. Mueller finds.

      Comrade Stupid doesn’t want to lose control over the Kavanaugh investigation, so he ordered it so narrow as to be pointless, or nearly pointless.

      Rgds,

      TG

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    • Kiwiwriter says:

      Who needs laws? Trump is the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF!

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  5. 9thousandfeet says:

    Oh for fuck’s sake, the guy is obviously in the early stages of alcoholism (spider veins clearly visible, a sign of early liver distress), is well known as a belligerent and obnoxious drunk, has money magically appear to settle gambling debts, paws and gropes women with wild abandon when in his cups, and has publicly displayed himself to be a petulant hardcore right wing nutter with an ugly temper, disgusting sense of entitlement and a massive persecution complex.

    But sure, let’s restrict any investigation into such narrow confines that any report will be meaninglessly inconclusive.
    Drip drip drip goes the novocaine.
    When Kavanaugh is the swing vote approving the emergency election nullification on the grounds of “Chinese interference” or some loony shit (like Trump was rambling about at the UN just a few days ago), do you think we’ll even feel it? Will we care?
    Will Chuck Todd and Morning Joe be asking, respectfully or course, how long this state of emergency will need to last?

    Goddam, avoiding despair is getting to be harder and harder by the minute.

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    • tengrain says:

      9K –

      Voting is left up to the states, so there is no federal method to nullify an election that I am aware of.

      Sure, he can raise some hell on Fox News, but he cannot overturn an election or even delay one. Congress would have to introduce an Amendment to the Constitution and it would have to be approved by either 2/3 of both houses of Congress OR 2/3 of all the states’ legislators.

      And I’ll add this: his narcissistic personality disorder is such that he won’t try anything like that. He’ll declare he made America great, and quit saying he accomplished all his goals.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • 9thousandfeet says:

        Voting is left up to the states, so there is no federal method to nullify an election that I am aware of.

        Yeah, I know elections are run by the states. And I know that the Federal Government doesn’t have authority over that directly. But presidents can declare states of emergency for all kinds of reasons.
        And given that, you know, foreign interests actually are fucking with the electoral process in ways that we here in the cheap seats are not fully privy to, actual evidence could certainly be procured, augmented and amplified by the Trump-o-matic agitprop machine, backed by a lame duck Congress and thrown onto an emergency scotus docket using a “national security” alibi and who knows wtf would happen.
        Kavanaugh would go for that, especially after being humiliated by all those fucking liberals just the other day.

        I know, I’m getting a bit overwrought, but I swear, so many damn boundaries have fallen already, in rapid succession and without the perpetrators paying much in the way of penalties, I’m really starting to wonder what laws and traditions can now be relied upon to stand firm in the kind of winds that are blowing now.

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  6. Infidel753 says:

    Publicize this. The only reason the Republicans agreed to a delay and investigation at all was fear of voter outrage. They mean this investigation to appease and quieten that outrage while not actually finding anything that might make Kavanaughty too radioactive to confirm.

    If the voter outrage continues to threaten their Congressmen and Senators too much, they’ll back down and allow a broader investigation, or delay the vote again, or fail to get to 50 votes to confirm. Never forget, these people are abject cowards. That’s what enabled Trump to roll them and become their nominee in the first place.

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    • tengrain says:

      I link to Spocko’s Brain in the round-up at Crooks and Liars — who says it better than me: you can help stop Kavanaugh’s appointment. He gives solid advice for people who lived in the area circa 1982 .

      Shh, don’t tell anyone…

      Rgds,

      TG

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  7. 9thousandfeet says:

    Meanwhile, from the tear-out-your-hair-in-frustration department. Splinter has a piece up, sourced from the Intercept, that tells how Tom Perez just declared that any Senator who votes for Kavanaugh won’t face any penalty from the DNC. By which he mean funding, I’m sure;

    PEREZ: There were Democratic senators who voted for Justice Gorsuch….there were Democratic senators who did that, and that is a fact. And those are Democratic senators that I have worked very closely with, continue to work very closely with, and are working to help get reelected. And so that is a fact, that’s the reality of what we see now.

    EPSTEIN: And you would continue to work to reelect Democratic senators if they vote [for Kavanaugh]?

    PEREZ: Of course we’re going to continue!

    Way to go Tom! That will really inspire the wimmins and the Me Too people to realize the Dems have their back.
    What an unbelievable bunch of worthless fucking tools the Dem part establishment still is.

    https://splinternews.com/dnc-chair-gives-the-thumbs-up-to-any-democrats-who-migh-1829401862

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    • tengrain says:

      Tom Perez should just stfu. It may be true that he needs as many Dim Senators as he can get, but he doesn’t have to announce it to the world.

      I totally despise the DNC, from the basement to the attic.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  8. StonyPillow says:

    The FBI got us into this mess by doing everything they could to get Trump elected. The FBI wholeheartedly supports the vision of America Trump and Kavanaugh represent. Expecting the FBI to conduct a real investigation might be a bit optimistic.

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    • Lulymay says:

      In Canada, we had the head of our national police force, the vaunted RCMP, do something similar which helped an Evangelical right wing nut job get elected as Prime Minister. Through the use of gerrymandering, robo calls (many originating in the US) and redirecting people to the wrong polls, he managed a couple of terms and wreaked hell on environmental protections, burned important scientific research (muzzling scientists along the way), and made sure that any funding for volunteer groups were primarily of Evangelical beliefs and restricted help for women overseas who had been raped and were getting pregnant left, right, and centre. From our experience here, I would say your country is in trouble! and it will take some time to recover. Good luck.

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  9. Redhand says:

    The reality is that America is becoming a fascist State, with only the appearance of a democratic republic. And as recent events show, this appearance is increasingly threadbare. The hearings into Kavanaugh’s fitness reveal a hyper-politicized ideologue/vengeful alcoholic asshole whose own statements show he should be nowhere near a court, much less the highest one in the land, etc.

    What terrifies me is the fear that he will immunize Trump when the shit hits the fan. I was shocked by his statements to the Committee, conspiracy mongering the Clintons, etc. This fucking lunatic is going to be a Supreme Court Justice? He’s pure fascist ideologue.

    I’m with @9thousandfeet on this one.

    so many damn boundaries have fallen already, in rapid succession and without the perpetrators paying much in the way of penalties, I’m really starting to wonder what laws and traditions can now be relied upon to stand firm in the kind of winds that are blowing now.

    It’s hard to maintain any real hope we will survive this as a real democratic state any more. Kavanaugh may be the capstone to the coup.

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    • tengrain says:

      Redhand, 9K (and others) –

      I have not been this discouraged since Chimpy stole the 2004 election, and yeah, there will be fuckery in 2020 fer sure. This is what happens when impeachment is off the table: the miscreants feel empowered.

      I’m never going to say don’t impeach, I only want everyone to be prepared for the math to not be on our side.

      As for the decline of our democracy (little dee), not to be too cynical (OK, very cynical), ask black Americans how well representational democracy has been working for them.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • Redhand says:

        You mean the 2000 election, of course. The S.Ct. decision there may be a harbinger of the future whenever we come too close to throwing the bastards out.

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      • tengrain says:

        No, I mean the SECOND time he stole it, when we had a chance to kick him out and failed. Ohio’s secretary of state was the culprit (and as usual Florida), but it was so close that he could steal it for Chimpy.

        Rgds,

        TG

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    • Kiwiwriter says:

      I heartily agree…Trump prefers a fascist autocratic state…now he can get one.

      My daughter is worried about how Kavanaugh will eviscerate Roe v. Wade. We should be equally worried about how he will eviscerate the First Amendment, putting the president not only above legal investigation, but public criticism.

      Remember the Alien and Sedition Acts.

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