Retired Seattle agent says FBI prepared for probe into Kavanaugh
SEATTLE - On Friday, President Trump ordered a week-long FBI probe into allegations against Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“There’s going to be a lot of overtime work by these agents, and there’s going to be a lot of late nights at FBI headquarters to put this whole report together, but it will get done within the timeframe the President has stated,” said David Gomez, who retired from the FBI after serving 27 years.
Gomez said Special Presidential Inquiries (or SPINs) usually take upwards of 90 days. For this case, the President has instructed the FBI to report their findings within seven days.
The demand comes at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee after an emotional testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday.
Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 at a high school party.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied these allegations.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that she believes that she was assaulted and that she was assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh has denied that. The truth lies somewhere in between and that’s what the FBI is looking for,” said Gomez, who now lives in Seattle.
Trump called the probe ‘limited.’
Sen. Jeff Flake insisted it last no longer than seven days and be confined to current allegations against Kavanaugh.
“I would want to try and find that house [where the alleged assault took place] and then working backwards, find out who lived there in 1982,” said Gomez when asked how he’d address the investigation if he were still an agent.
Gomez said agents will use the ‘Carla B Fad’ pneumonic in their line of questioning when interviewing about Judge Kavanaugh. It stands for character, associates, reputation, loyalty, ability, biases, financial responsibility, alcohol use, and drug abuse.
The confirmation vote was originally schedule on Tuesday. That will likely be pushed back to next weekend due to the FBI investigation.
“This is a full-court press so to speak for the FBI,” said Gomez.