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Sen. Whitehouse Tells Tapper Democrats Will Investigate Kavanaugh and FBI If They Win Majority

On CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper interviewed Senate Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on the topic of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and the potential hearing next week with accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Whitehouse told Tapper that the process has been conducted so poorly that, should Democrats win majorities in November, they will investigate both Kavanaugh and the FBI over it.

In the above clip from the segment, Tapper first asked Sen. Whitehouse about what exactly would happen if Ford does not testify and Republicans vote anyway. “Senator, the New York Times is reporting lawyers for Kavanaugh’s accuser, Professor Ford, said in an e-mail to the Senate panel that testimony on Monday is not possible,” he said. “What do Democrats do if she does not show up? What happens then? It seems pretty clear that Republicans say if she doesn’t show up, we’ll have a vote on Kavanaugh perhaps as soon as Wednesday.”

“Well, first of all, there’s a factual dispute here which is that she said that young Kavanaugh molested and assaulted her, and he says that he didn’t,” replied Whitehouse. “There was a witness in the room who has never been subjected to a proper investigative effort of any kind. He has not been interviewed. He’s never said anything under oath. There were supposedly other boys, there’s a whole investigative process that can and should take place.”

“And you know what? This is such bad practice that, even if they were to ram this guy through, as soon as Democrats get gavels, we’re going to want to get to the bottom of this,” he told Tapper. “You can’t ignore a crime victim’s claim that something happened, refuse to investigate, throw her up into the stand without the least bit of support for her, without the least bit of effort to corroborate what she says, and then walk away from that has if you’ve behaved at all properly. There isn’t a prosecutor or a victim advocate in the country who would tolerate that.”

Tapper then followed up to clarify his remarks. “We’re out of time, but I want to make sure I understood what you just said,” he said. “If the Democrats win back the House and/or the Senate, Democrats will investigate what happened, the charges that Professor Ford is laying out, even if that means investigating a Supreme Court justice at the time?”

“I am confident of that,” Whitehouse confirmed. “And I think we’ll also be investigating why the FBI stood down its background investigation when this came up in this particular background.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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