'Tick tock Brett': Calls for new FBI probe revive unanswered questions about Kavanaugh's background
FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh pictured at his office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

The Department of Justice has been asked to investigate the FBI's background check of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- reopening old questions about Donald Trump's controversial judicial pick.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked newly confirmed attorney general Merrick Garland to probe what he called a "fake" investigation of sexual assault claims by Kavanaugh that emerged during his 2018 confirmation process.

The FBI never interviewed Kavanaugh or accuser Christine Blasey Ford, according to Whitehouse, and failed to follow up on leads from other witnesses willing to testify about the allegations dating to the early 1980s, when they were high school students.

Social media users reacted to the news by highlighting some other aspects of the conservative justice's background and character they want to know more about.