FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he admitted that his bureau’s severely neutered probe into allegations that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez had been “limited in scope” due to White House orders. But, Wray insisted, this was definitely not a big deal.
In response to a question by Sen. Kamala Harris, Wray testified that the FBI lacked “full discretion” in investigating the claims made against Kavanaugh, a direct result of the the authority “as requested by the adjudicating agency—in this case, the White House.”
Wray quickly added that the narrow focus during the FBI’s probe of the Kavanaugh allegations was “consistent with the standard process for such investigations.”
Throughout the Kavanaugh investigation, several potential witnesses came forward to claim their offers to speak with FBI officials had been explicitly ignored by investigators. A supplemental list of additional potential witnesses provided by Senate Democrats was largely ignored as well. Notably, Dr. Ford herself was not interviewed by investigators either, despite numerous efforts by her lawyers to request an interview, including a letter sent directly to Director Wray.
Pressed by Harris as to whether a directive to limit the scope of the Kavanaugh investigation was sent to the FBI’s security division by the White House’s Office of Security, Wray refused to answer outright. “I would expect there would be written communications by I can’t speak to that here,” he said.
Asked whether he could provide any such documents—if they exist—to the Senate committee, Wray dodged again, saying simply, “I would have to see what would be appropriate.” Funny how that works.