On Face the Nation, Rep. Trey Gowdy threw ice cold water on the idea that an FBI investigation into an allegation of attempted sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – from 36 years ago – was warranted. (Mediaite)
Host John Dickerson asked Gowdy about Ford’s previously expressed hope for a “neutral fact-finding” on the allegations.
“I’m a big fan of the FBI, John, but they don’t investigate sex assault cases, there are very, very few federal sex assault cases,” Gowdy said. “So, my first question would be, the FBI to investigate what? There’s no crime scene to process, there’s no forensics to evaluate.”
“What the FBI could do is go interview Dr. Ford, and interview Judge Kavanaugh,” he continued. “But they’ve already interviewed Judge Kavanaugh and even if they did interview Dr. Ford, she still has to testify. So the only role I can see the bureau playing is identifying other witnesses that may have knowledge– some of that’s already been done by Dr. Ford. Judge Kavanaugh’s defense is that he wasn’t there so you wouldn’t expect him to produce witnesses.”
“I don’t know what people expect the FBI to do, they’re not human polygraphs,” he concluded. “So they can’t tell us who is telling the truth.”
Gowdy concluded that people had unrealistic expectations as to what the FBI could accomplish that the Senate Judiciary Committee could not.