As the FBI pursued its investigation of Brett Kavanaugh this week, Kerry Berchem made headlines for trying to reach the bureau with information she had about the U.S. Supreme Court nominee—reportedly text messages suggesting Kavanaugh wanted to refute an accuser’s sexual misconduct claim before it became public.

As a management committee member of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Berchem hardly lacked the means to find a channel to the FBI. Akin Gump isn’t just one of the country’s largest, richest law firms, it’s also well-stocked with former prosecutors and other white-collar lawyers.

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