Harris Faulkner debated a Rhode Island Democrat Thurday who signed a letter pushing for a delay in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation vote until an FBI investigation can be ordered.

Rep. David Cicilline of Providence said the FBI should hold an investigation into claims of sexual assault brought by a Palo Alto University professor, Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that Kavanaugh forced himself upon her in 1982.

"This is a very serious allegation," Cicilline said. "The standard operating procedure for this kind of allegation would be an FBI investigation."

However, a recent Fox News report said the FBI will not conduct a criminal investigation into the matter:

The FBI will not launch a criminal investigation into the sexual assault allegations leveled against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to highly-placed law enforcement sources.

The sources told Fox News on Wednesday that there were no allegations of a federal crime, therefore the bureau would not open a criminal investigation.

“This is a political issue, not a law enforcement one,” one source told Fox News.

Cicilline said that in 1991, then-federal employee Anita Hill accused Judge Clarence Thomas of creating an oversexualized workplace environment.

In a forceful rebuttal before then-Chairman Joe Biden (D-Del.) and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thomas called the proceedings a "national disgrace" and a "high tech lynching." He was narrowly confirmed.

Faulkner pressed Cicilline on the fact that it is unlikely the FBI will investigate.


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"If that doesn't happen, I re-ask my question -- what are we waiting for?" Faulkner asked.

Cicilline maintained that the Congress should "insist" on an FBI probe.

Faulkner followed up by asking Cicilline whether he was upset his Democratic colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, "sat on" the allegation for two months.

Blasey Ford first made the allegation anonymously in a document forwarded to Feinstein and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

Cicilline said that we need to consider the case as it stands now, and not be too concerned with Feinstein. 

He said Kavanaugh is facing a "lifetime appointment" and that his candidacy should be handled seriously in that regard.

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