Former FBI Director James Comey said that the FBI views the “obvious lies” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made regarding his high school yearbook as a “flashing signal to dig deeper.”
“[FBI agents] know that little lies point to bigger lies,” Comey wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times Sunday. “They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper.”
Kavanaugh claimed during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that a reference to “boofing” in his high school yearbook was actually about “flatulence” and “Devil’s Triangle” was a drinking game, though both are slang words that typically reference substance use and a sexual act, respectively.
Kavanaugh also claimed that an inscription in his yearbook calling him the “biggest contributor” to the “Beach Week Ralph Club” was a reference to “throwing up” because he has a “weak stomach.”
Comey defended the FBI’s ability to investigate the claims of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh.
“Agents can just do their work,” he wrote. “Find facts. Speak truth to power.”
“Although the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process, the FBI is up for this,” Comey wrote about the FBI’s probe into allegations of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh.