As the confirmation hearing process for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee came toward its conclusion, one of Brett Kavanaugh's former Yale University roommates came forward. The roommate was Jamie Roche, CEO of a software company.
Roche stated Kavanaugh lied about his drinking habits in college. The Yale alumnus also said the FBI never contacted him for any of Kavanaugh's multiple background checks since they graduated.
Each of Kavanaugh's federal jobs required a background check when he began.
Brett Kavanaugh's Yale roommate, Jamie Roche, tells @andersoncooper he has not been contacted by the FBI. Cooper:… https://t.co/EMAnUbgPW9— Anderson Cooper 360° (@Anderson Cooper 360°)1538613550.0
But a former federal employee familiar with the background check process clarified that the FBI does not investigate each person up for a federal position. The background check is done based on references and information provided by the candidate for employment.
The FBI merely verifies the identity and background information as well as interviewing the candidate's provided references. References must not be related to the candidate by blood or marriage and must know the candidate for the length of time required based on the security clearance needed—meaning the reference knew the candidate for at least 5 years or up to the majority of the candidate's life.
After the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh and after his swearing in to a lifetime appointment to the SCOTUS, Roche took to Twitter. He posted:
"Brett Kavanaugh was credibly accused of attempted rape and sexual assault. The hyenas apologized to him, confirmed him and clapped for him. They worry for their sons. I worry for my country. We need to fix this I want my America back."
The Twittersphere reacted to Roche's message with both calls to do more and gratitude for what the CEO was already doing.
@jamie_roche Do your damn part. Talk to your friends who know him. Help validate claims. Find old pics. You’re one… https://t.co/jGErl26oOz— Jeremy Oliphant (@Jeremy Oliphant)1539179394.0
@jamie_roche @jeremy_oliphant I appreciate all you are doing and everything you are trying to do. As far as I'm con… https://t.co/MREvIXISe3— lynn Caldwell (@lynn Caldwell)1539180587.0
@jamie_roche Kudos for trying, Jamie. Let's keep up the fight. ❤ Your words matter since you were Kav's roommate. #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica— medit8now (@medit8now)1539180762.0
@jamie_roche Thank you for trying. The fix was in long before the hearings. BTW, hyenas is a perfect metaphor for… https://t.co/mDb6OCbhYq— Kathy Peyser (@Kathy Peyser)1539180730.0
@jamie_roche You are in a better position than most of us to do something about it. Thank you for your efforts. Ple… https://t.co/BVDOZNQrSQ— sharry (@sharry)1539185116.0
Others shared Roche's astonishment over the Senate confirming Kavanaugh despite the outcry against him. Trump's prior SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch, never faced such opposition from the legal community.
@jamie_roche Justice stevens, the aba, 1500+ law professors, some were his own at yale, all against his appointment… https://t.co/pl1Icck53M— Scott plante (@Scott plante)1539181339.0
@jamie_roche @lovealaska1105 Trump and his enablers are only about preserving power for white elitist men. They wil… https://t.co/OHyFAca8zD— Mike (@Mike)1539185303.0
Others shared his despair over what they felt they had lost.
@jamie_roche And I want my body back! He has stepped all over women and our rights are at stake! Social security an… https://t.co/2NHnivZdjy— mimi67 (@mimi67)1539178036.0
@jamie_roche Dems cant fix it alone, Republicans wont. Put party aside and join together, all of us to end this. Th… https://t.co/3tPXSU4vGV— KScho (@KScho)1539184496.0
Roche had been rather quiet on Twitter before his former roommate's nomination. But that changed in October 2018.
Having joined Twitter in 2011, Roche's account showed only two posts in 2013.
But he became far more vocal after he came forward and accused Kavanaugh of lying. His first tweet expressed empathy for the women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
His subsequent ones leading up to his latest Twitter post also focused on his fellow Yale alumnus or the changes in his life after deciding to come forward and get involved.
People were glad to see at least one man from Kavanaugh's Ivy League past decide to get involved. In the 1916 words of Reverend Charles F. Aked:
"It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing."
To get involved, midterm elections are slated for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. You can also volunteer for the candidates you support.