‘It Will Not Take A “Tremendous Amount Of Time”’

Democrats Repeatedly Said They Were Comfortable With An FBI Investigation That Would Not Take Long

Dems: ‘A Finite Period For An FBI Investigation,’ ‘No One Is Asking That It Take Longer Than A Week’

SENS. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) and DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “Now that it appears likely that the Judiciary Committee will hold its hearing on Thursday, September 27th, the FBI has almost a full week to do its work.  It will not take a ‘tremendous amount of time,’ but it is necessary …” (Senate Democrats, Press Release, 9/23/2018)

  • SENATE DEMOCRATS: “[D]uring the Senate’s consideration of the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee requested an FBI investigation of Professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment. On the same day that President George [H.] W. Bush received this request, the White House Counsel directed the FBI to investigate, which then produced a report only three days later to the Senate…”(Senate Democrats, Press Release, 9/23/2018)

SEN. SCHUMER: “[W]e haven't heard one actual reason why there shouldn't be an FBI investigation. Will it slow it down? It will take only a few days.” (Sen. Schumer, Congressional Record, S. 6316, 9/26/2018)

SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): “And I have conveyed to my friends and colleagues that I had wished we would take a one-week pause, one week only.” (CBS’ “60 Minutes,” 9/30/2018)

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN): “I have proposed and talked to some of my colleagues, and I know others have as well, about a finite period for an FBI investigation, maybe a week. George H.W. Bush ordered that in the Anita Hill case, a three-day investigation. That happened.” (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Executive Business Meeting, 9/28/2018)

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): “… there is time to get to the bottom of it, even if it’s seven days.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 9/30/2018)

SENS. KLOBUCHAR, KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), PAT LEAHY (D-VT), SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI), RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), DOUG JONES (D-AL), TOM UDALL (D-NM), and, CATHERINE CORTEZ-MASTO (D-NV): “President George H.W. Bush … asked the FBI to investigate after Anita Hill raised allegations against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991.… [A]nd the FBI finished its work in three days.” (Sen. Klobuchar, Press Release, 9/20/2018)


‘Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse “Satisfied” With FBI Investigation Of Kavanaugh Allegation’

“A top Democratic senator signaled Tuesday his satisfaction with the White House's latest approach to the FBI background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that President Donald Trump approved last week. ‘I think I'm satisfied,’ Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island told ‘Good Morning America’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos Tuesday.” (“Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse 'Satisfied' With FBI Investigation Of Kavanaugh Allegation,” ABC News, 10/02/2018)



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