President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the FBI should not look into an allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh groped and sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school because he believes the agency doesn’t “want to be involved.”
“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that.”
President Trump says that "I don’t think the FBI really should be involved" with reviewing the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation, and asserts that "they don’t want to be involved." pic.twitter.com/SpBBpgeDOY
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 18, 2018
Bloomberg reported on Monday that the president must ask the FBI to investigate the allegations brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford in order for the bureau to take further action.
Bloomberg reports that the FBI’s initial background investigation into Kavanaugh was completed before Ford, 51, came forward with the allegation.
The FBI said it was first informed of the new allegation on Sept. 12 and said that it had updated Kavanaugh’s file to include the new information.
“The FBI is basically working for the White House,” Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ronald Hosko explained to Bloomberg. “Their job is to dig into the details and let the White House counsel know if there is derogatory information.”
“You can go get yearbooks and start interviewing high school classmates,” he added. “For creative-minded FBI people, they can generate leads all day long.”
“He is somebody very special,” Trump told reporters on Monday that Kavanaugh “is somebody very special.”
“He is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anyone has known,” Trump claimed.
Democrats want the FBI to investigate the claims before any hearing is held.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Monday hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford.