Pelosi files FOIA request for records related to FBI's Kavanaugh investigation

Pelosi files FOIA request for records related to FBI's Kavanaugh investigation
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Oval Office clash ups chances of shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an attempt to obtain all of the records related to the FBI investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

"The GOP’s decision to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has wounded the very soul of justice in our country," Pelosi wrote in a statement to her Democratic colleagues. "To preserve the full record of this dark chapter, I am filing a FOIA request so the public can see the FBI report, transcripts of interviews, instructions from the White House, and any communications to the FBI from Senate Republicans regarding the scope of the investigation.

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"This is important to set the record straight."

Pelosi's announcement came a day after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote and he was sworn in. 

The vote concluded a contentious confirmation process in which Kavanaugh faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusations. 

He and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month regarding Ford's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. 

GOP senators, including Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLobbying World Senators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe 5 themes to watch for in 2020 fight for House MORE (Maine), said last week that an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh found no corroboration for Ford's claims. 

But many Democrats criticized the investigation, calling it inadequate. Ford's attorneys have also called the investigation a "stain" on the bureau.

“We were given one week to investigate. The Republicans said you’ll get one week, they threw out one week,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll Kamala Harris to keep seat on Judiciary Committee California dreamin’ in the 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, told the Senate last Friday. “And in less than one week, we are presented with paltry documents.”

Pelosi concluded her letter to colleagues by saying that the "health and financial security of families across America" is at stake in November's midterm elections. 

"The new conservative majority on the Supreme Court threatens a rollback of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, more leverage for corporate special interests over working families, and little hope to reform Citizens United," Pelosi said. "That is why we must fight even harder to win so that we can advance our For The People agenda."