In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected a request to have the FBI brief all senators on its report on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
McConnell said having the FBI meet with senators did not comply with the rules that govern FBI background investigation reports.
“The briefing you request is not authorized by the MOU. It would be unprecedented and irregular. For example, there was no such briefing on the supplemental BI for the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court,” McConnell wrote in the letter.
He added that “in all candor” he believes Democrats only want to delay a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“I believe it would be used to further delay this nomination-a goal about which you and your Democratic colleagues have been abundantly clear and single-minded in pursuing,” McConnell said.
“The Chairman of the Committee has promptly and professionally investigated every credible (and incredible), last-minute allegation against Judge Kavanaugh, consistent with standard committee practices. The FBI’s supplemental BI will be handled in the same professional and customary manner,” McConnell continued.
In a letter to McConnell that was publicly released on Tuesday, Schumer publicly called on the FBI to brief senators on its ongoing investigation into the allegations on Monday.
“We hope the FBI will be available to brief the Senate on the results of the investigation before a final floor vote,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday.