Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

FBI's Kavanaugh report has 45 pages of interview notes and no summary

FBI's Kavanaugh report has 45 pages of interview notes and no summary

Under new rules approved previous year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote. At 53, he is likely to serve on the court for decades if confirmed.

But anger and frustration knew no party on the eve of expected voting.

The FBI's investigation found nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations a top Republican senator said Thursday.

US Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them said to be comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is another swing vote who has been heavily lobbied in Alaska to oppose Kavanaugh.

The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee last night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has defended his judicial credentials in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal.

Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

In his testimony last week, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election".

The testimony revealed his "deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled", Kavanaugh said.

The embattled nominee was criticized after his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the visible emotion he displayed as he testified under oath. Before I say a few words, so I won't have to announce each person after me, in this order will be Hatch, Cornyn, Lee and Tillis, so please just come to the podium and say whatever you want to say and then we'll take questions.

"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said, noting that he believes "there's merit to that criticism" about Kavanaugh's temperament disqualifying him from the court, and that "senators should really pay attention to that".

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation today released its much anticipated report into the allegations against Kavanaugh and "found no hint of misconduct" by the Supreme Court nominee.

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.

At a signal from organizers, the group began holding up signs and chanting.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh added.

"I swear today, under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh told the Judiciary Committee. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".

In Washington, all eyes are on four lawmakers - Republican Sens. They are Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

A senior Senate Republican aide said there was growing confidence that Collins, Flake and Manchin - all swing votes - would support Kavanaugh.

HIRONO deflects when asked point-blank about whether FBI report contains any corroborating evidence against Kavanaugh: "This is not a comprehensive FBI investigation on which we can draw conclusions".

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