Yale Alum Details the 'Embarrassing' Hoops He Jumped Through to Contact the FBI About Kavanaugh

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On Friday, September 28, Republicans in the U.S. Senate begrudgingly agreed to a limited, one-week FBI investigation of sexual abuse allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh after Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake—one of President Donald Trump’s outspoken critics in the GOP—insisted on one. But according to 52-year-old New York City resident Tad Low, trying to offer a Kavanaugh-related tip to the FBI has been an uphill battle.

Low, now 52, attended Yale University when Kavanaugh was also a student at that Ivy League university in the 1980s—although he didn’t know Kavanaugh personally. Low’s tip, according to the New York Daily News, involved something “shocking” he witnessed at a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity party. And while he isn’t sure whether or not Kavanaugh attended that party, Low wanted to tell the FBI what he witnessed. 

On October 1, Low told the New York Daily News, “If indeed Kavanaugh was present at the event, the FBI should investigate. We know (Kavanaugh) liked to keep calendars. How hard would it be to subpoena the calendar and interview a person I know was inside the party?” 

Low didn’t tell the Daily News exactly what he witnessed at that party—which he said took place during the 1987/1988 academic year—but he did say that he felt the FBI was giving him the runaround. 

According to Low, he first tried to contact the FBI on Saturday, September 29. After spending a lot of time on hold, Low said, he finally reached a “low-level” employee who took his information but didn’t even give him a reference number. 

Then, Low waited for hours without his phone call being returned—and when he tried calling a different FBI office, Low was told the FBI agents weren’t working on the weekend. As of Monday, October 1, Low said, he was still getting the runaround.

Low told The Daily News that the FBI “won’t even send me an e-mail confirming I submitted my claim. They said if I’d like to add additional information, I could wait on hold for another 30 minutes…. The phone thing was really embarrassing: all the waiting on hold, listening to the bad elevator music.”

Low complained, “If it’s true the White House and (the Senate Judiciary) Committee are truly serious about learning all they can, why not at least set up a special Kavanaugh hotline or dedicate some agents? If it’s just one week, can we get some manpower?

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