In a video posted from his social media accounts, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez called the report on Brett Kavanaugh’s background “a bullshit investigation” because the FBI failed to interview corroborating witnesses.
The vulgarity may have helped the lawmaker boost his recognition as he heads into a hotly contested re-election, just a few hours after it was posted online the video earned 8,823 retweets and 18,898 likes on Twitter, plus it was viewed 13,099 times on Facebook.
Comments posted in response show the same hyper-partisanship evident in Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and media coverage, with many critics raising the lawmaker’s recent trial on bribery and corruption charges that were leveled under the Obama administration.
Menendez faces a heavily funded Republican opponent and broad voter disapproval attributed to his indictment for various corruption charges, which were dismissed in January after jurors in his 11-week trial could not agree on a verdict.
Menendez criticized both the FBI and Senate Republicans, who he said “restricted” agents from speaking to individuals who may have information about sexual assault allegations leveled by at least three women who knew Kavanaugh in high school or college.
“If that’s an investigation it’s a bullshit investigation,” Menendez said. “The reality is, that is not a full and thorough investigation.”
“The direction to the FBI on what could be investigated was extremely limited,” Menendez said. “I hear a lot about lack of corroboration. Well, you don’t get corroboration if you don’t talk to corroborating witnesses.”
Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual misconduct from three women who charge that he preyed upon them during his high school and college years, but his nomination has received a circus-like treatment that has injured both sides of the political aisle.
Another New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker, was widely ridiculed after calling himself “Spartacus,’ saying he was willing to get expelled from the Senate and claiming he was releasing documents written by Kavanaugh about the use of racial profiling the committee had deemed classified.
Similar antics among Democrats have been discredited but little attention has been paid by major media outlets to substantive issues related to the nomination.
More than 1,200 law professors signed an open letter to the Senate opposing Kavanaugh’s elevation, arguing he lacks the judicial temperament to be a Supreme Court justice.
President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee faces a vote on the full Senate floor within days of Thursday’s submission of the FBI’s supplemental background check.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation would hinge on two Republicans, if every Democratic senator voted against the nominee.
“Our actions right now are a poignant signal to young girls and women across our country. I will continue to stand up for them,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who came out against Kavanaugh shortly after reading the report.
Senators of different parties are viewing the investigation report, which will not be disclosed to the public, in alternating one-hour shifts ahead of the vote. Democrats have called the process overly restrictive.
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