Senators Reviewing FBI Report On Kavanaugh Ahead Of Friday Vote

Marsha Scott
October 5, 2018

"The most notable part of this report is what's not in it", the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, said.

The Senate is set to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.

'The more outrageous our Democratic colleagues treat this nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the more energized Republican voters are becoming, because they realize what the alternative is, ' Republican Sen.

"We write to provide you with the names of several of the witnesses we requested that the FBI interview in connection with this matter", they wrote in a four-page missive to top G-man Christopher Wray that called the investigation "a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice". Democrats said that's too limited given the allegations by Ford and Kavanaugh's Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh flashed his genitals in her face.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said the report-which is only available in hard copy and is being held inside a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in the Capitol-found "no hint of misconduct".

Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, are also yet to declare their intentions. Agreement by a majority of the 100 senators would advance Kavanaugh's nomination. His appointment would tilt the court in favour of conservatives.

Accordingly, the war over Kavanaugh was always going to be caustic and protracted even before allegations surfaced against him involving sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations. Five weeks before the November 6 elections, Heitkamp faces a hard decision.

In a statement Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation". But assuming he is confirmed to the Supreme Court this Saturday, there's also a chance that enraged Democrats will benefit from an enthusiasm bounce of their own. One senator said it was a "cover-up" and a "complete embarrassment".

As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was enraged by New York Times articles about Kavanaugh's high school and college years and alleging tax avoidance efforts by the president and his family, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

As for now, the report will not be released to the public. Heitkamp is in a tough re-election battle in a state Trump by nearly 36 percentage points.

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Speaking to reporters after reviewing the FBI report, Collins said it "appears to be a very thorough investigation".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support.

Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME, who also has not announced how she will vote, said it "appears very thorough".

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh./PBS screenshot. Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behaviour while drinking are exaggerated.

"When the noise fades, when the uncorroborated mud washes away, what's left is the distinguished nominee who stands before us".

Graham, who had already turned his back to the woman once, turned his head partly back toward her and replied "well why don't we dunk him in water and see if he floats?"

Republicans see Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation saga as a shot in the arm to their efforts to maintain control of the Senate, claiming their base is being energized by the Democrats' treatment of the Supreme Court nominee.

The White House Counsel's office believes that the sworn testimony from both in front of the Senate committee last week is sufficient, CNN reported. Ford's attorneys said on Wednesday that although she wanted to talk with investigators and had materials to give them, Ford had not spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Last week Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr Kavanaugh, 53, and another man had assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. At the hearing, he vehemently defended his innocence and derided what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

Investigators spoke to Ms Ramirez for more than two hours on Sunday, and she provided a list of more than 20 possible witnesses.

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