Last year, the Democratic Party tried to use James Comey as a weapon to undermine President Trump. Today, the FBI once again finds itself being dragged into a situation where it would rather not be.
Specifically, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are once again attempting to weaponize the FBI to try to derail President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This puts the FBI in a no-win situation.
In my 38 years as a law enforcement officer who once commanded a criminal investigation division, I have never seen such a miscarriage of justice and misuse of the FBI as I am witnessing at this hour.
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I believe President Trump made the right decision to order a supplemental FBI investigation, because he believes the FBI will find nothing extraordinary to report. In fact, the president’s directive to have the FBI work within specific parameters is a very good decision because it will prevent a “fishing expedition,” as White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway said on CNN this week.
In my professional opinion, there is no reason for an extended FBI background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh because the Bureau has already exhausted hundreds of man-hours and thousands of dollars on a very thorough and concise background check on him not once, but six times.
Democrats are complaining about this because they want to use the FBI to “go fishing” in hopes that they will catch something. Their goal is not to find facts, but to delay this nominee’s confirmation past the midterms, hoping they take control of the Senate and therefore deny this man his appointment to the Court.
Those of us who lived through the 1950s remember the television series "Dragnet," staring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday. Sgt. Friday’s famous phase during his background investigations was “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.” And "just the facts" are what the FBI’s extended investigation will gather. The FBI will not make recommendations regarding any part of their investigation. Frankly, they will review what they already have.
To satisfy political operatives, they will interview the accuser again, all of the people we already know about, and others whose names they are given. Once this is complete, the FBI will submit a fact-based final report to the White House and Senate Judiciary Committee.
This investigation is not a criminal investigation — it is a fact-finding background check. Hence, contrary to what many believe, no one the FBI contacts for an interview is obligated to cooperate.
Here are the facts the FBI already has in its possession: Judge Kavanaugh has cleared six FBI background investigations; his 17,000 pages of judicial opinions, speeches, and writings have been reviewed; his quarter-million pages of documents spanning his lifetime have been reviewed; over 34 hours of sworn testimony have been reviewed; and the 1,500 questions he answered to the Committee and three oral interviews with the Senate Judiciary Committee have been reviewed.
All this fact-based information is already in the hands of the FBI and the Senate Judiciary Committee. What is not fact-based are the allegations made against the judge from individuals who have been unable to offer anything substantial to support their claims.
By the end of the week — perhaps as soon as today — we will be back to where we started: accusers who have no witnesses, no evidence, and nothing to prove the accuracy of their allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed, the Democrats will cry foul, and the big loser once again will be the FBI, thanks to the Democratic Party.
Steven Rogers is a retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer and a former member of the FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is presently a member of the Donald J. Trump for President 2020 Campaign Advisory Board.