Former vice president Joe Biden, who has been calling for the FBI to investigate the allegations Christine Blasey Ford has made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, described FBI investigations as worthless in the exact same context 27 years ago. The only difference is the political effects the investigation might have.
In recently resurfaced footage from 1991, then-senator Biden argues that the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee (now justice) Clarence Thomas’s conduct was worthless because it did not state conclusively whether Thomas acted inappropriately towards Anita Hill.
“The next person that refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything,” Biden said. “FBI explicitly does not, in this or any other case, reach a conclusion. Period.”
“The reason why we cannot rely on the FBI report — you wouldn’t like it if we did, is because it is inconclusive,” he continued. “They say ‘He said, she said, and they said.’ Period. So when people are waving FBI report before you, understand they do not, they do not, they do not reach conclusions. They do not make, as my friend points out, they do not make recommendations.”
Biden’s 1991 comments about FBI investigations contradict what he said recently on the “Today” show.
Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were both minors and at a drunken high school party during what she believes to be the summer of 1982. Besides her inconsistent statements, she has offered therapy notes from 2012 — notes riddled with inconsistencies and devoid of a single mention of Kavanaugh by name — as proof that the events took place as she described.