Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as an associate Supreme Court justice by one of the slimmest margins in October 2018, months after the Washington, DC-native was nominated by former US President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings were riddled with controversy after allegations surfaced that he had sexually assaulted a former classmate.
US Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) recently raised questions about the authenticity of the FBI’s background investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, alleging that the agency carried out a “politically-constrained and perhaps fake” probe.
Whitehouse, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised the issue in a letter sent to newly confirmed US Attorney General Merrick Garland last Thursday, and requested that the official carry out a “proper oversight” into the bureau’s 2018 investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations that consumed the then-Supreme Court nominee.
Kavanaugh’s nomination was initially placed in jeopardy after a former classmate, Christine Blasey Ford, accused the now-justice of having sexually assaulted her when the pair were still in high school. At the time, Blasey Ford was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17 when they met at a house party.
Although additional allegations surfaced from other women, only Blasey Ford was allowed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh repeatedly denied all accusations when he appeared before the Senate panel.