Amid Call to 'Push Pause Button' on Kavanaugh Hearing in Order to Probe Assault Allegation, Trump Lies That FBI Can't Investigate

While Democrats including Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and women’s advocacy groups have demanded for the fair treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school, the White House and the Republican Party are falsely stating that little can be done to investigate Ford’s allegations before the Senate votes on whether to give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the high court.

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that investigating a criminal allegation against a Supreme Court nominee is outside the FBI’s purview, but critics have pointed to incidents where the bureau did just that—and the FBI itself denies that it has declined to investigate.

President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday morning that Ford’s claim is “hard for me to believe,” yet suggested his hands were tied in terms of getting to the bottom of the allegations.

“It would seem that the FBI really doesn’t do that,” Trump said when asked whether federal investigators would probe Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh held her down on a bed during a party when they were both teenagers and tried to remove her clothes.

When the journalist replied that the bureau would investigate “if you asked them to,” the president shrugged and suggested the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), had the situation under control.