Feinstein Says FBI Investigation Is “Not Credible” Without Interviews of Ford and Kavanaugh

The top Democrat wants to know what restrictions the White House may have placed on the FBI’s investigation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein at last week's hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.Erin Schaff/Pool via ZUMA

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the FBI’s last-minute investigation into allegations of assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “not credible” if the bureau does not interview the nominee and his most prominent accuser.

Feinstein directed her ire at the White House, alleging it will not provide her office with the “scope of the investigation and what restrictions they placed on the FBI.” It’s unclear whether the FBI’s reported decision not to interview Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh is the result of limitations imposed by the White House.

Thus far, the FBI has interviewed Mark Judge, the alleged witness to the assault on Ford, as well as other people Ford believes were at the party where she says the assault took place. In regard to another allegation against Kavanaugh, made by his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, only Ramirez herself has been interviewed, according to the Washington Post

Feinstein’s office clarified that the information regarding the White House’s potential role in preventing interviews with Ford and Kavanaugh came from Wednesday’s briefing by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who implied there was no need for further interviews with them.

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

Our fall fundraising drive is off to a rough start, and we very much need to raise $250,000 in the next couple of weeks. If you value the journalism you get from Mother Jones, please help us do it with a donation today.

As we wrote over the summer, traffic has been down at Mother Jones and a lot of sites with many people thinking news is less important now that Donald Trump is no longer president. But if you're reading this, you're not one of those people, and we're hoping we can rally support from folks like you who really get why our reporting matters right now. And that's how it's always worked: For 45 years now, a relatively small group of readers (compared to everyone we reach) who pitch in from time to time has allowed Mother Jones to do the type of journalism the moment demands and keep it free for everyone else.

Please pitch in with a donation during our fall fundraising drive if you can. We can't afford to come up short, and there's still a long way to go by November 5.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Our fall fundraising drive is off to a rough start, and we very much need to raise $250,000 in the next couple of weeks. If you value the journalism you get from Mother Jones, please help us do it with a donation today.

As we wrote over the summer, traffic has been down at Mother Jones and a lot of sites with many people thinking news is less important now that Donald Trump is no longer president. But if you're reading this, you're not one of those people, and we're hoping we can rally support from folks like you who really get why our reporting matters right now. And that's how it's always worked: For 45 years now, a relatively small group of readers (compared to everyone we reach) who pitch in from time to time has allowed Mother Jones to do the type of journalism the moment demands and keep it free for everyone else.

Please pitch in with a donation during our fall fundraising drive if you can. We can't afford to come up short, and there's still a long way to go by November 5.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate