‘Fully Confident’ White House Receives FBI Report on Kavanaugh

The White House received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and is “fully confident” the Senate will approve his nomination, a spokesman said.

The chamber was expected to receive the report early on Thursday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Senators were to be granted access to review it during the day before a procedural vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday.

Senators had been given ample time to review the background investigation and the White House was “fully confident” they would endorse Kavanaugh, the administration’s Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a tweet early on Thursday.

Several people with information related to allegations against Kavanaugh told Reuters they had not heard from the FBI, suggesting its report may be narrower than was desired by some of the lawmakers who demanded it just days ago.

With the report’s conclusions as yet unclear, a partisan struggle over it has been developing.

U.S. President Donald Trump and the Senate Republican leadership are battling to corral enough support for a majority vote for Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, while Democrats are in near unanimity against him.

McConnell, a Republican, filed a petition for a cloture vote, which if successful would limit debate on the nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before a Senate confirmation vote.

After filing a cloture petition, lawmakers must wait one legislative day before proceeding to a vote, according to Senate rules. That means a cloture vote could come on Friday morning at the soonest.

Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, has not been contacted by the FBI, her attorneys said.

As Senate Republican leaders marched toward a final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed – Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski – criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in Mississippi on Tuesday.

Ford, who testified last week at an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home later, but offered a detailed account of the incident.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien, Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Nathan Layne, Sarah N. Lynch, Lisa Lambert, Lawrence Hurley and David Alexander; editing by John Stonestreet)

Responses

  1. In light of recent info, there’s only ONE copy of the report and senators must schedule to read it, any leaks are easily traced back to the senators themselves. But there’s nothing worth leaking.

  2. The investigation was hamstrung too much. Apparently, the FBI tried to interview 10 people, got to only 9 of them. They did not interview the two principal characters nor the slew of people who were willing to add more details to what was already known. The Republicans are trying to rush this nomination through using this “investigation” as a crutch and I hope they fail because, if Kavanaugh gets on the SC, it will always be tainted by his presence. Always.

    1. As opposed to Democrats who are using it as a crutch in the hope of delaying / obstructing till after the midterms or later if need be? Sadly
      Both sides created this debacle.

      1. You are trying too hard to be in the middle, Morte206. The Republicans will get their partisan, ultra conservative judge no matter what the Democrats do. They have the majority. There is no need to choose Kavanaugh in particular, unless the real reason Trump wants Kavanaugh is something like because he promised to protect Trump’s corrupt butt.

  3. I feel fairly confident the first leak will occur within the hour. Denials of such to quickly follow.

    1. Grassley’s already reported it that it tells nothing that was not already known. It’s literally a nothingburger with no new information.

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