The FBI background investigative process is designed to find the truth while respecting the privacy of everybody involved. But Democrats undermined this process by burying Dr. Ford’s allegation for six weeks and then leaking it rather than following the well-established confidential committee procedures.
Now Democrats are trying to convince the FBI to reopen its closed investigation of the allegations as an excuse for delaying the committee’s inquiry. Their request also ignores that the FBI’s role in such investigations is limited to questioning contemporaneous witnesses, and Dr. Ford already stated that she did not share her allegations with anyone until 2012, some three decades later. The news media and political back and forth have now so polluted the environment that any hypothetical witnesses will have been tainted by the media circus. If Democrats had been interested in a serious investigation, they would have cooperated with the investigators by sharing this information earlier, rather than treating the FBI itself as a political football.