Sen. Bernie Sanders wants the FBI to examine whether embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh told the truth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The independent Vermont senator sent a letter Saturday to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel’s chairman, calling on investigators probing allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to take a look at statements he made while under oath.
“The fundamental question the FBI can help answer is whether Judge Kavanaugh has been truthful with the committee,” Sanders wrote. “This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court.”
Kavanaugh testified before the Senate committee Thursday, aggressively denying he ever assaulted anyone and lamenting that his name and his family have been “totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false … accusations.”
Earlier the same day, Christine Blasey Ford, who claims a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to molest her at a Maryland house party in 1982, appeared before the panel and offered riveting testimony about her account of the alleged incident.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) threw Kavanaugh’s confirmation into further chaos on Friday when he said his support for the nominee would be dependent upon a a one-week delay on vote so the FBI can investigate the allegations.
President Trump and Senate Republicans agreed.