Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

WH says senators have time to look at Federal Bureau of Investigation report

WH says senators have time to look at Federal Bureau of Investigation report

It's judgment day for Brett Kavanaugh and the three crucial Republicans who could send him to the Supreme Court or doom his hopes of being the swing vote who could change America.

The President's remarks also offered an opening to critics of the Kavanaugh nomination, including Democratic Sen. But Democrats accused the administration of restricting the probe behind the scenes.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, later told The Washington Post that Trump's comments would not factor into his thinking on the nomination.

The White House found no corroboration of the allegations against Kavanaugh in the report, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

"Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

Imitating her testimony, Mr Trump said: "What neighbourhood was it in?"

The President said Tuesday night that Kavanaugh's "life is in tatters".

While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential and it's unclear what will be released, other than through leaks. "How did you get there? And we better start as a country getting smart and getting tough".

Senators are expected to begin reviewing the report in a secure room in the Capitol complex. Republicans argue Ford had her say when she testified on Capitol Hill last week. A key part of Flake's drive to push for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe was to have a more transparent public process. Other Republicans conceded that Trump's insults could be damaging. 'I don't remember.' How'd you get there?

She said both Prof Ford and Mr Kavanaugh had already been questioned "in the most public way possible". This background check, requested by a trio of senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation, will be different.

"An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

"The President was stating the facts", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during an official media conference in Washington. "The President is very confident in his nominee, as he's stated time and time again, and we expect the Senate to vote, and we hope they do that soon".

The FBI is expected to give the Senate a supplemental background report on Kavanaugh later Wednesday.

Several people with information related to allegations against Mr 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 the investigation just days ago.

A defiant Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing on Thursday, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace".

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Kavanaugh.

Agents were also apparently willing to let the statements made under the penalty of perjury by Ford and Kavanaugh to the committee to stand without further questioning.

During four hours of emotionally intense testimony, Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982. "He was number one in his class at Yale, he was number one in his law school at Yale, and then what he's gone through over the last three weeks is incredible", he said.

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