Is that what Flake re­ally meant?

The Washington Post - - FREE FOR ALL - Kirsten H. Gard­ner, Chevy Chase

The Oct. 2 news ar­ti­cle “In N.H., Flake calls for unity, thor­ough FBI probe” quoted Sen. Jeff Flake (RAriz.) as say­ing of the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into then-Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett M. Ka­vanaugh, who Chris­tine Blasey Ford ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­saulted her in high school, “We’re want­ing to make sure that is a ful­some in­ves­ti­ga­tion — that it’s not lim­ited as some worry that it might be.”

La­bel­ing some­thing as “ful­some” is char­ac­ter­iz­ing it as “of­fen­sively flat­ter­ing or insin­cere.” Not, I think, what was in­tended; but “lim­ited” is cer­tainly what the FBI was re­quired to de­liver.

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