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FBI Releases Volumes of Tips It Received About Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: United States Supreme Court (Front L-R) Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., (Back L-R) Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh pose for their official portrait at the in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building November 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier this month, Chief Justice Roberts publicly defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary against President Trump after he called a judge who had ruled against his administration�  s asylum policy �  an Obama judge.�   �  We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,�   Roberts said in a statement. �  What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.�   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By William Vogeler, Esq. on May 08, 2019 12:01 PM

The FBI has released hundreds of pages of tips the agency received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh. They were bad.

That's because none of them were reliable enough to warrant further investigation. The case for sexual assault, alleged during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, apparently is closed. It doesn't mean Kavanaugh will never have to account for his alleged misdeeds. It just means, as far as the FBI is concerned, he already has.

Alleged Misdeeds

During the contentious confirmation hearings last year, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. Deborah Ramirez said he drunkenly exposed himself to her. Kavanaugh angrily denied the accusations. Senators asked the FBI to open a supplementary background investigation. The rest, of course, is history.

The investigation, including some 500 pages of tips, is now a public record. BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold filed an Freedom of Information lawsuit to obtain the record. The documents were heavily redacted under FOIA regulations. The public information was largely comprised of messages supporting or opposing Kavanaugh. "(I)t would be a crime against American humanity for the FBI not to investigate this accusation before his possible appointment," one message said. "This is a homeland security threat and of grave importance."

'Of Grave Importance'

The FBI concluded the tips were generally personal opinions. Some were threats against Kavanaugh, but nothing legitimate. Meanwhile, the Judicial Conference is reviewing ethics charges against the justice. An appeals court, however, has twice dismissed the charges. According to reports, 83 ethics complaints had been filed against Kavanaugh for making allegedly false statements under oath and for making inappropriate and disrespectful statements in his hearing for the Supreme Court.

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