Brett Kavanaugh: Senate to get Federal Bureau of Investigation report within hours

Lynn Cook
October 5, 2018

The top Senate Judiciary Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, said the report appeared insufficient to lay to rest concerns about Kavanaugh.

"The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle", he wrote.

After Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the committee last week, Keyser wrote a letter to the committee dated September 29 that said she did not refute Ford's claims, but "is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question", according to CNN. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said", Kavanaugh wrote.

"It's scary. I have a son and a daughter".

That could pave the way for a confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

But a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director, Joseph Campbell, said the White House nonetheless sets the parameters for the people it wants contacted. To give you a sense of how intense the last minute lobbying is, the White House, former President George W. Bush, and other heavy hitters have all been working the phones trying to ensure that Kavanaugh gets confirmed.

She claims Kavanaugh thrust himself into her face, forcing her to touch him in a private area - claims which he denies.

Judge Kavanaugh, meanwhile, expressed regret for his angry testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a week ago.

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The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and one Democratic senator who aren't saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme Court.

They must examine their consciences and loyalties, their legacies or hoped-for political futures and decide whether the allegations of sexual assault should disqualify him from spending the rest of his life on the high court - no matter what it means for them. "An acclaimed judge", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the report's release.

Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

The National Council of Churches said in a statement that he had shown "extreme partisan bias" during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and lacked the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge.

The court's nine justices are appointed for life and have the final say on some of the most contentious issues in USA public life, from abortion, to gun control, to voting laws.

Earlier, Senator Jeff Flake, one of the publicly undecided Republicans, told reporters "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against the 53-year-old conservative jurist and said the investigation had been comprehensive.

Eleventh-hour pressure campaigns were mounted by constituents in the offices of Collins and Murkowski, where they urged the senators to oppose Kavanaugh. One senator said it was a "cover-up" and a "complete embarrassment".

"And that's really what I'm saying".

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No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

Another Democrat who is yet to declare how he will vote - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as the only undecided Democrat.

On Kavanaugh, Heitkamp told WDAY, a TV station in Fargo, "the process has been bad, but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and I've made that decision".

While the comments by Mr Flake and Ms Collins were positive, neither explicitly announced support for Mr Kavanaugh.

In the unprecedented op-ed, Kavanaugh promised he would be "even-keeled" going forward, but he did not address any falsehoods he told while under oath.

Comedian Amy Schumer waits to be led away after she was arrested during a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Despite the controversy, Kavanaugh says he is "optimistic" and still hopes to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

A sea of women - thousands of protesters - marched on Washington Thursday, bursting into the Hart Senate Office Building to hold loud sit-in protests against the judge.

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