Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Sunday the White House shouldn’t be allowed to “micromanage” the FBI’s investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In interviews on both CNN’s "State of the Union" and CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the former prosecutor said it was important for the FBI to get to the bottom of the evidence before the Senate Judiciary Committee takes a vote on Kavanaugh’s high court nomination.
“I’m very concerned about this because the White House should not be allowed to micromanage an FBI investigation,” she told CNN.
“I just want to see this be conducted in a fair and independent way, which Senator [Jeff[ Flake [R-Arizona] has asked for,” she said, adding to CBS News that by letting the FBI pursue the evidence, and “do their jobs… that’s how you show [sexual assault accuser] Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford the respect you deserve.”
“I think that there is evidence here,” she told CBS News. “[Ford] said six years ago before Judge Kavanaugh was famous, she said his name to her husband in a therapy session and there are notes from that session. She took a polygraph test and passed with flying colors. And the FBI can look at that. There's all kinds of evidence that they can look at.”
She also said her question to Kavanaugh during his hearing last week — whether he ever was “blackout” drunk — is “relevant.” Kavanaugh defiantly threw back the question at Klobuchar.
“The reason it's relevant is perhaps he doesn't remember what happened because there were repeated incidences of this excessive drinking,” Klobuchar told CBS News.
Klobuchar also took a dig at Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s defiant defense of Kavanaugh and attack on Democrats’ rollout of Ford’s sexual assault allegation earlier in the CBS News show, saying: “‘If you don’t have either [facts or law] you pound the table.’”
“The justice system is messy,” Klobuchar told CBS News. “The question isn’t what happened in the past… the question is when you have power, what do you do with that information… you don’t sweep it under the rug.”
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