Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Who Talked To The FBI In The Kavanaugh Case - And Who Didn't?

Who Talked To The FBI In The Kavanaugh Case - And Who Didn't?

Senate Judiciary Committee member Republican Jeff Flake speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

"The White House confirmation that it will not allow the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh or witnesses identified by Deborah Ramirez raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation", she said in a statement.

Hatch and Lee heard testimony last week as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from Christine Blasey Ford about an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh when they were both in high school in 1982.

Just a single copy of the report was produced, which was not made public.

The Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, could vote as early as Saturday and all eyes are on three key Republican senators who could make or break the nomination - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

"An acclaimed judge", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the report's release.

"There's nothing in it that we didn't already know", Grassley declared. Heitkamp, facing a tough re-election fight next month, said she was concerned about his past conduct and felt that his angry attacks on Democrats during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing raised questions about his "current temperament, honesty and impartiality". Both sides were mindful that their written communications might one day be subject to subpoena, particularly if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in next month's midterm elections, the people said.

Even so, Republican and Democrat Senate bigwigs raced to TV cameras to weigh in on the results of the FBI's four-day probe, a photo op being a awful thing to waste in Washington.

"Neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations", he said, adding that the investigation "found no hint of misconduct".

Neither side provided any detail about what the report said, constrained by years-old arrangements that require the results of Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks to remain confidential.

Democrats wrote to Grassley challenging a Tuesday tweet by Republican aides saying prior investigations never found "a whiff of ANY issue - at all - related in any way to inappropriate sexual behaviour or alcohol abuse".

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation depends on Republican senators voting strictly along party lines. That means that if all Democrats vote against confirming Judge Kavanaugh, Republicans can only afford one defection - since in a tie, Vice-President Mike Pence would get the casting vote. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on NBC's Today show that the remarks were "kind of appalling".

Most Democrats opposed Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have been at the centre of the Kavanaugh maelstrom for months, since they expressed concerns over Kavanaugh's anti-abortion views.

On another question, 45 percent of respondents said they believe Ford is telling the truth about what happened when the two were in high school, while 33 percent said they believe Kavanaugh.

McConnell said the Senate can not become known for destroying the reputations of nominees based on uncorroborated allegations from 40 years ago.

The bounce in Republican enthusiasm could be particularly helpful in close Senate races.

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks during a press briefing about the recent FBI investigation into US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 4, 2018. Heitkamp's decision left Senator Joe Manchin as the only undecided Democrat.

"The harsh and unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is having an incredible upward impact on voters", Trump said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down, trying to remove his clothing and covering her mouth when she screamed.

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