Ford lawyers blast 'numerous false claims' about FBI investigation ahead of Kavanaugh confirmation vote

Ford lawyers blast 'numerous false claims' about FBI investigation ahead of Kavanaugh confirmation vote
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Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, blasted senators on Friday for "false" claims about the days-long FBI investigation into the allegations ahead of Friday's cloture vote.

In a statement late Friday, attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich said the FBI's supplemental background investigation, which included interviews with nine individuals in connection with the allegations, was not "meaningful," as Kavanaugh and Ford were not interviewed or allowed to provide further evidence outside of what was presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee during last week's hearing.


"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word," the attorneys wrote.

"Had the FBI interviewed Dr. Ford, she would have answered questions about Judge Kavanaugh’s assault, including questions that Ms. Mitchell and the Judiciary Committee members failed to ask during the hearing," they added. "She would have provided corroborating evidence, including her medical records and access to the phone from which she sent messages to a reporter about the assault prior to his nomination to the Supreme Court."

The letter declines to name specific senators. However, Katz, Banks and Bromwich appeared to take aim at GOP Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal Flake: No greater offense than honesty in today's Republican Party Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMasks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' Senate GOP dismayed by vote to boot Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (Maine), who characterized the FBI probe as "thorough" to reporters Thursday following the report's delivery to the Senate.

“I think Susan Collins was quoted saying it was very thorough but no new corroborative information came out of it. That’s accurate,” Flake told reporters on Thursday.

“It appears to be a very thorough investigation,” Collins told reporters earlier that day.

The attorneys concluded that they continue to believe Ford and her accusations against Kavanaugh, who has denied Ford's allegations and those levied against him by two other women. 

"We believe Christine Blasey Ford and we fully support her. Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically designed to win support for Judge Kavanaugh," the attorneys wrote.

The Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday.