Just an hour ago, the news broke that the FBI had interviewed Brett Kavanaugh’s high school friend Tim Gaudette, the guy named in the “Timmy’s house” reference on Kavanaugh’s calendar. At the time, Palmer Report pointed out that Gaudette was not on the original list of four witnesses the FBI was allowed to interview, which proved that the probe had indeed expanded. Now we’re getting confirmation that it’s expanded even further.
As we explained, the FBI doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations, and doesn’t announce its interviews as they happen. The only way we find out in real time who’s been interviewed is if they announce it to the media. When we learned that the investigation had expanded to at least a fifth witness, we had no way of knowing if the real number was five or fifty. Now we know that it’s at least six.
The FBI has interviewed Chris “Squi” Garrett, according to a new report from CNN. This means that the FBI has now interviewed at least six people, leaving no doubt that the probe has expanded from its original parameters. It has clearly not expanded nearly as far as it reasonably should, and this still leaves significant doubt as to how much the report will uncover. But so much for the prevailing media narrative earlier this evening that the investigation never was expanded at all, and that it was somehow just a few hours from being complete.
So where does this leave us? Jeff Flake is now talking about making the FBI investigation longer than the original week, even as Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are laughing off Mitch McConnell’s insistence that the vote will take place this week. It’s worth noting that the ongoing false reports about the FBI probe being essentially complete are lining up a bit too conveniently with the narrative that McConnell has been pushing. We don’t know for sure what is going on, but we do know this: the FBI probe is expanding.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report