23 News Exclusive: Ex-FBI Agent shares insights on Kavanaugh investigation

Published: Oct. 4, 2018 at 10:56 PM CDT
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With the FBI now set to vote on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. Mike Garrigan sits down with former State Representative and retired FBI agent Jim Sacia to get his insights on what an FBI background investigation entails.

"I can tell you unequivocally, positively, and without exception; you are going to learn things about the applicant that the applicant doesn't even remember," said Sacia.

Sacia says he's conducted numerous background investigations in his 28 years with the FBI. "Background investigations are the most important thing that the FBI does, because it determines the caliber of people that work for the federal court."

Or in Judge Kavanaugh's situation; a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

"What you had in this 7th investigation which was limited in scope," said Sacia who believes the first six background investigations were anything but limited.

"The depth and scope is what i don't think people really get their arms around."

Sacia says as many as 80 agents could be working on the investigation. "I can tell you unequivocally, from personal experience, you will get information if somebody does know something that's less than desirable."

And that information could come from even the closest friends of those being investigated. "In my 28 years the number of times a social acquaintance, for lack of a better phrase, 'dropped a dime' on the applicant, you would be amazed." Sacia adds, "They'll say something to the affect like 'Joe is a dear friend of mine, but you say this is a very important government position. I've never told anybody this, but you really ought to know this.'"

Sacia says he's not surprised Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford were not interviewed in this most recent investigation. He says that there is no more information to get from them, since they already testified for hours under threat of purjury. Sacia says interviewing them again would only muddy the water.