The FBI reportedly received 4,500 tips in its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. What happened to them 'remains unclear.'

A new letter from the FBI suggests it's unclear whether the agency followed up on the "most compelling" of the 4,500 tips it received in its investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh almost three years ago, The New York Times reported Thursday. The agency reportedly handed the most "relevant" tips to Trump administration lawyers, "whose handling of them remains unclear."

The letter, sent June 30, comes as a response to a 2019 inquiry from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) asking how exactly the FBI's review of Kavanaugh's background and misconduct allegations was handled, the Times writes. In its reply, the FBI claims that because it was conducting a background check rather than a criminal investigation, "the authorities, policies, and procedures used to investigate criminal matters did not apply," per the Times. Kavanaugh was being investigated following allegations of sexual assault levied by Christine Blasey Ford, which he has denied.

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