Release: AAF Finds FBI Failed to Properly Vet Assistant Attorney General Nominee Kristen Clarke

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 // Press

FBI disregarded routine protocols by neglecting to interview key individuals connected to Clarke

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Accountability Foundation (AAF)—an independent, non-partisan government watchdog—has discovered that the FBI disregarded routine protocols in its background investigation of Biden Justice Department nominee, Kristen Clarke. Specifically, the federal law enforcement agency failed to interview Clarke’s ex-husband, Reginald Avery.

In its own independent investigation of Clarke, AAF learned that police reported to Clarke’s Maryland home on six occasions for domestic violence calls. To gain further clarity into the matter, AAF contacted Clarke’s ex-husband, Reginald Avery. As part of ensuring conversations, Avery stated that he had never once been interviewed by the FBI. This fact was confirmed to AAF by Congressional staff.

Background checks are required for all senior government appointees because they are often entrusted with sensitive and confidential information. By looking for and examining potential character vulnerabilities, background checks exist to simultaneously protect the information as well as individuals from blackmail.

AAF Founder Tom Jones issued the following statement:

“Because the FBI passed over this essential step, this means it could still be missing a lot more. Alas, this is a massive failure by America’s federal law enforcement agency to determine the suitability and fitness of individuals for service in the U.S. government. Spouses and ex-spouses are perhaps the most important sources for information regarding a nominee. For the sake of national security, the Senate must postpone Clarke’s confirmation until the glaring flaws in the nominee’s background investigation have been corrected. Unfortunately, this entire incident also creates the impression of a partisan double standard at the FBI—and with the federal government writ large—after, for example, what can only be termed the ruthless investigation of Brett Kavanaugh for his position on the Supreme Court.”

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