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Democratic Senators: FBI Must Investigate All Three Credible Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Judge Brett Kavanaugh

October 1, 2018
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[WASHINGTON, DC] – Following reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote White House Counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray today demanding that the investigation include all three allegations received by the Senate Judiciary Committee, including claims brought forward by Julie Swetnick. The senators provided a list of individuals who must, at a minimum, be interviewed by the FBI based on facts that are already known.

Today’s letter follows Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) request that the White House and FBI provide the written directive regarding the supplemental background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh so the scope of the investigation can be understood.

The list of witnesses who should be interviewed by the FBI is copied below.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Palo Alto, CA; professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine; graduate of the Holton-Arms School.

Lynne Brookes, Philadelphia, PA; Chief Operating Officer at Synchrony Group; Kavanaugh’s friend from Yale College.

Russell Ford, Palo Alto, CA; Mechanical Engineer; Dr. Blasey Ford’s husband.

Christopher Garrett, Atlanta, GA.

Timothy Gaudette, Centennial, CO; Colorado Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority;  Kavanagh’s friend and Georgetown Prep classmate.

Adela Gildo-Mazzon, Palo Alto, CA; real estate agent; friend of Dr. Blasey Ford.

Sean Hagan, Bethesda, MD; Senior Cybersecurity Advisor with the Social Security Administration; Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate.

Jeremiah P. Hanafin, D.C.-area polygraph examiner; Former FBI Special Agent; conducted a polygraph examination of Dr. Ford; found that her responses to questions about the assault were “not indicative of deception.”’

Mark Judge, Current residence unknown; conservative author; Kavanaugh’s friend and Georgetown Prep classmate.

Thomas Kane, D.C. Metro Area; Marketing Manager, Non-Profit Organization.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Leland Keyser, Former golf coach; Dr. Blasey Ford’s high school friend.

Keith Koegler, Palo Alto, CA; Attorney; close friend of Dr. Blasey Ford and Russell Ford.

Dr. Mark Krasberg, Albuquerque, NM; Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico.

Bernie McCarthy, Bethesda, MD; Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle.

Dr. Richard Oh, Santa Clara, CA; emergency room physician; Kavanaugh’s classmate at Yale College.

Potomac Village Safeway, Potomac, MD; examine the employment records for this store to verify Dr. Blasey Ford’s claims and to determine the relevant time period.

Deborah Ramirez, Boulder, Co; Volunteer Coordinator, Boulder County Department of Housing & Human Services.

Elizabeth Rasor, Ex-girlfriend and college classmate of Judge.

James Roche, San Francisco, CA; Chief Executive Officer, HELIX RE, Inc.; Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate at Yale College.

Patrick J. Smyth, Potomac, MD; Managing Director at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers); Kavanaugh’s friend and Georgetown Prep classmate.

Julie Swetnick, Washington, D.C.; grew up in Montgomery County, MD; graduate of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, MD.

Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, Seattle, WA; physician and professor of gynecologic oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine; Kavanaugh’s friend from Yale College.

Rebecca White, CA; Friend of Dr. Blasey Ford.

Possible Witnesses:

·      Unnamed Declaration Witness 1 and 2, residence and profession unknown; in Ms. Swetnick’s declaration, she wrote that she shared what had transpired with at least two people.

·      A woman who asked to remain unnamed for fear of political retribution sent a letter to Dr. Blasey Ford’s lawyers saying that she had witnessed boys at parties that included Georgetown Prep students engaging in sexual misconduct.

A copy of today’s letter is available here and copied below.

October 1, 2018

Mr. Donald F. McGahn, II

Counsel to the President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC  20500

The Honorable Christopher Wray

Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20535

Dear Mr. McGahn and Director Wray:

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced last Friday that it would request that the White House instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  Because of the importance of this investigation to the Senate’s consideration of this nomination, we are writing to request that you provide an explanation of the scope of the investigation.

On September 12, Ranking Member Feinstein referred Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault to the FBI.  Since then, the Committee has received serious allegations from two other women – Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.  These three women have come forward at great personal risk, identified themselves by name, submitted written allegations to the Committee, and requested an FBI investigation.    

We believe that all three allegations should be included in the supplemental investigation.  We are providing a list of individuals who we believe should be interviewed at a minimum as part of this investigation, along with any others identified by witnesses or the Bureau in the course of its investigation.

We ask that you confirm that the FBI background investigation will include the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick and that the FBI will perform all logical steps related to these allegations, including interviewing other individuals who might have relevant information and gathering evidence related to the truthfulness of statements made in relation to these allegations.  We ask that you notify us of the scope of the investigation and what the White House directed the FBI to investigate, as well as what steps the FBI will be taking. We also ask that, upon completion of your work, you provide copies of all witness interviews, a list of all witnesses who refused to cooperate in the Bureau’s investigation, and a full report to each member of the Senate.

We believe that providing this important information to the Senate and American people is the best way to ensure public confidence in the results.