EDITORIAL: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh should be the epitaph to his Supreme Court nomination

by | Oct 3, 2018 | Editorial

ETC Staff

The FBI investigation into the Brett Kavanaugh sex assault should have ended today, but it is expanding its inquiry beyond the initial limitations imposed on it.

And that may save any semblance of decency in the United States.

The investigation was hampered by restrictions set by the White House to conduct only four interviews, an artificial and unrealistic limit to be placed on detectives. They couldn’t dig into evidence provided by specific witnesses and a man accused of being there with Kavanaugh more than three decades ago.

But today comes word that investigators are talking to people other than the original four, people who attended a key 1982 party where psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanagh of sexual assaulting her at the party in Maryland while in high school.

On July 9, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated July 9 by President Donald Trump to be the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. During the highly contentious confirmation process in the Senate, word leaked that Ford accused Kavanagh of sexual assaulting her.

Shortly after that happened, two more women came forward and accused Kavanaugh of similar incidents.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from both Kavanaugh and Ford. He denied the allegations and said that he will not be intimidated into withdrawing from the process.

Ford moved those who heard her testimony, even moving a Republican senator who voted to recommend Kavanaugh to call for the FBI investigation.

Trump is keen on making Kavanaugh the next Justice of the U.S Supreme Court. He said the allegations are the Democrats’ attempt to make his nominee look unfit. He went so far as to mock Ford at a Mississippi rally.

Despite the strong support by many white conservatives, the  would’ve been more impactful if two other women didn’t come out saying the same thing as Ford.

The FBI investigation, in principle, was the right way to go for a few reasons.

First, If the allegations against Kavanaugh prove true, then a sex offender shouldn’t serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Second, Kavanaugh has had a history of drinking and being violent, according to a number of Yale University classmates.

Lastly, he temperament has shown that it doesn’t matter if he’s guilty or not. It showed when he lashed out at the committee, blaming in part the Clintons for his predicament.

Beyond all the accusations and investigations, a person with a tendency of lashing out and making rash decisions shouldn’t be part of the highest court in the U.S for a lifetime appointment. Trump should withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination and allow another more suitable candidate to be reviewed by the senate judicial committee.

“Sometimes I had too many beers,” Kavanaugh told the committee. “I liked beer. I still like beer.” He mentioned beer to the committee more than 30 times in his testimony.

It should be the epitaph to his nomination. But more than likely, it will lead to a powerful political and legal hangover.