Ex-FBI official says it's 'logical' to interview all Kavanaugh accusers

Former top FBI official Kevin Brock says it would be logical for investigators to look into all of the allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while conducting their weeklong investigation into the judge.

Brock, a former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, told Hill.TV he would expect for officials to also interview Kavanuagh’s other accusers – including Julie Swetnick and Deborah Ramirez – regarding their accusations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee. An attorney for Ramirez confirmed on Tuesday that the FBI had interviewed her over the weekend.

“Logically they probably would…that would entail an interview with those persons – anybody they offer as a corroborating back up to that and I think the indications are that there have been no restriction placed on the FBI,” Brock, said told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Ned Ryun on “Rising.”

Brock spent 24 years as a special agent, and served as the first principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). A frequent critic of the current state of the FBI, he’s now the founder and principle of consulting group NewStreet Global Solutions.

The former agent also argued that such an investigation is usually considered a routine part of the bureau's investigative responsibility, but has since become more "glamorous" under the current spotlight.

“We’re seeing a fairly mundane part of the FBI’s investigative responsibility turn into something a little more glamorous than it usually is – background investigations are normally used as training grounds for new agents to get used to interviewing new people and that type of thing – they don’t get a lot of attention normally,” he said.

The New York Times reported Monday that the White House authorized the FBI to talk with anyone they deemed necessary as part of its investigation into the allegations, and Trump himself has insisted that he wants a “comprehensive investigation” of claims made by Kavanaugh’s accusers.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that the FBI had expanded its investigation beyond the four individuals it had initially been given permission to speak to.

The attorney representing Ramirez questioned the thoroughness of the FBI investigation, saying he has yet to hear whether the bureau will follow through on additional leads.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, meanwhile, said on Tuesday that they have yet to hear from the FBI in its investigation into her allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

— Tess Bonn