Former FBI officials are warning that the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh is severely limited by the White House.
Frank Figliuzzi, who served as the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” how dire the situation is:
We’re making certain assumptions here this morning, and the assumptions are wrong. The assumption that the FBI is going to have free reign within what they’ve beens tasked to do. Look at (Deborah) Ramirez, you make an assumption you’re going to interview all of the witnesses to the Ramirez incident, names she provides you, you’re going to go to Yale and find people who were living in the dorm at the time. That’s not happening.
The FBI is not only dictating who you can interview, but also what investigative steps you can take within that allegation. So, for example, this morning we still don’t have any word that Dr. Ford is even on the list of people to be interviewed…
In fact, we’re hearing from sources it’s the opposite. That her statement is always — is already on record, we don’t need to hear from her again. That’s a terrible mistake to be made, and I want the public to understand…
I am sitting here this morning telling you they are severely limited, and I know they are. I know there’s frustration, and I know that the bureau is going to have to come back for every request that they want to add to a very, very short list. The FBI has been handcuffed, and the clock is ticking on this artificial one-week deadline.
John Mindermann, a former FBI special agent who investigated the Watergate break-in, told The Washington Post that the limitations set by White House are “ridiculous”:
It’s not an investigation if the FBI is going to accept the dictates of the White House in terms of who you can interview and who you can’t. It would be grossly incomplete, and it would be unfair to the American public.
Former FBI agent Dennis Franks added:
A complete background check investigation will not be possible without the ability to interview classmates and associates and anybody with knowledge of the circumstances in the time frame in question.
The circumstances in this matter deal with allegations of extensive drinking and behavior while intoxicated. This would normally be an issue that is addressed.