Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the FBI's reputation is at stake, dependent on how it handles the investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“At the end of the day, the future and the reputation of this agency is at stake,” the Senate minority whip said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday morning.
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When asked why he thinks the FBI would not interview Kavanaugh during its investigation of sexual assault allegations, he insisted that they should not yield to the White House, adding that if the FBI were to conduct the probe in a nonpartisan manner they would interview the judge.
“They shouldn't concede it to anyone. They were given a responsibility of a thorough, professional, nonpartisan investigation,” Durbin continued.
Durbin said he doesn't believe the White House cares about the FBI’s reputation, and instead is more interested in getting the investigation over with and moving to vote on the confirmation of Kavanaugh on the Senate floor as soon as possible.
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Although the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to recommend Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate body, the confirmation process came to a halt afterward when, under pressure from members of his own party, President Trump authorized a weeklong FBI investigation on Friday.