Senators prepare to review Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh after early morning arrival

Hugh Fox
October 4, 2018

All 100 members of the US Senate are to be given access to a limited FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's supreme court nominee.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and a simple majority is needed to advance his nomination.

The poll also showed the largest gap in approval for a Supreme Court nominee Gallup had measured to date, as 84 percent of Republicans were in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation as opposed to 13 percent of Democrats.

The chairman explained that Ford and Kavanaugh testified under oath before the committee explaining to senators their knowledge of the alleged sexual assault.

Raj Shah, deputy White House press secretary, said the report, which Democrats have denounced as hasty and incomplete, marked "the last addition to the most comprehensive review of a Supreme Court nominee in history, which includes extensive hearings, multiple committee interviews, over 1,200 questions for the record and over a half million pages of documents".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a procedural vote for Kavanaugh's nomination on Wednesday night, hours before the senate is expected to review the FBI's supplemental background review on the judge.

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Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s.

"Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory, and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to questioners", the letter goes on.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber. "'I don't remember, '" Trump said at the rally Tuesday in Southaven.

Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh. Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account".

Washington has been awaiting completion of the investigation since last week, when Flake, Collins and Murkowski pressured a reluctant Trump and GOP leaders to order the FBI to renew its background check of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh. 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know.

Murkowski said that Trump's remarks were "wholly inappropriate, and in my view unacceptable".

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File photo of United States president Donald Trump. Kavanaugh says that accusation is false. Democrats want a briefing from the FBI about the investigation, but Republicans declined that request. I don't know. But I had one beer. 'I don't know. I don't know.

Senators and aides have said that the file will contain forms of interviews conducted by the FBI - but not a conclusion from the bureau about who's telling the truth in the case.

On Tuesday, Graham said he thought Kavanaugh would be nominated.

The audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Dr Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh.

Mr. Cosko is a Democratic operative who's worked for several congressional offices over the years, including most recently for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a vocal critic of Judge Kavanaugh's. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who forced the committee's hand over the investigation, spoke with Today on Wednesday morning where he called the remarks "kind of appalling".

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