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.
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.
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.
Others shared his despair over what they felt they had lost.
Roche had been rather quiet on Twitter before his former roommate’s nomination. But that changed in October 2018.
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