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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have called upon the FBI to investigate death threats against Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were both in high school.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, joined by the rest of the Democrats on the committee, asked FBI Director Chris Wray to open an investigation in the letter sent on Thursday.
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'We are requesting immediate action by the Bureau to investigate potential federal crimes against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, which appear intended to intimidate a witness in relation to the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,' the letter reads.
'We are increasingly concerned by reports of alleged death threats against her, the hacking of her email, and harassment and intimidation she has faced since being forced into the spotlight late last week.'
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The letter also encourages the FBI to use the investigation into the death threats as a means of opening a backdoor probe into Ford's sexual assault allegation, which dates to the early 1980s and does not appear to involve any federal crime.
The letter speculates that 'the FBI may obtain information concerning criminal activity not within the FBI's investigative jurisdiction, including for example violations of Maryland's criminal code dealing with rape and sexual assault.'
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'As you are aware, when an FBI employee receives such information, the employee 'must promptly transmit the information or refer the complaint to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction,'' the letter continues.
Ford's attorneys have said that she has received death threats which prompted her family to flee their home, adding that they notified...
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