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: “So just for the record, you’ve never been contacted either now or in any past investigation.”
Roche: “I’ve never been contacted about Brett by the FBI ever.” pic.twitter.com/6kyX0xs15P
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 4, 2018
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.”
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.
— Jamie Roche (@jamie_roche) October 10, 2018
The Twittersphere reacted to Roche’s message with both calls to do more and gratitude for what the CEO was already doing.
Do your damn part. Talk to your friends who know him. Help validate claims. Find old pics. You’re one of the few people with an inside track. Stop bitching on Twitter and hit the phones and keyboards. Help us help you.
— Jeremy Oliphant (@jeremy_oliphant) October 10, 2018
Valid point. Still working on it.
— Jamie Roche (@jamie_roche) October 10, 2018
I appreciate all you are doing and everything you are trying to do. As far as I’m concerned you ARE doing your part — it’s hard to break through all the barriers that have been placed in your path, but you’ve made an effort. Thank you Mr Roche
— lynn Caldwell (@lynnCaldwell62) October 10, 2018
Kudos for trying, Jamie. Let’s keep up the fight. ❤ Your words matter since you were Kav’s roommate. #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica
— medit8now (@medit8now) October 10, 2018
Thank you for trying. The
fix was in long before the
hearings. BTW, hyenas is
a perfect metaphor for the GOP and their groupies.
— Kathy Peyser (@KathyPeyser) October 10, 2018
You are in a better position than most of us to do something about it. Thank you for your efforts. Please continue, someone soon is going to want to talk to you and hear you. We want accountability. We want our America back too. And as women – we want our bodies back!
— sharry (@growdandelions) October 10, 2018
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.
Justice stevens, the aba, 1500+ law professors, some were his own at yale, all against his appointment. How the hell do folks look past that?
— Scott plante (@Scottplante5) October 10, 2018
Trump and his enablers are only about preserving power for white elitist men. They will do anything to win. Because they currently hold that power, the only way to defeat them is to vote them out of office, then prosecute them for their crimes.
— Mike Avila (@MikeAvi84208319) October 10, 2018
Others shared his despair over what they felt they had lost.
And I want my body back! He has stepped all over women and our rights are at stake! Social security and Medicare will also be on the docket know that Kavanaugh is in there!
— mimi67 (@mimi67) October 10, 2018
Dems cant fix it alone, Republicans wont. Put party aside and join together, all of us to end this. The real power lies in the people, not Congress. There are millions of us and few of them.
— KScho (@kschones84) October 10, 2018
Roche had been rather quiet on Twitter before his former roommate’s nomination. But that changed in October 2018.