Grassley: Secret FBI report ‘found no hint’ of Kavanaugh misconduct

05 October, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Kim Reid
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The US Senate moved closer to confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Thursday after Republicans said a new FBI investigation found nothing to corroborate sexual assault allegations against US President Donald Trump's nominee.

"Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed on Saturday", Senate judiciary committee chair Chuck Grassley, a Republican, said at a news conference Thursday.

Dianne Feinstein, said the investigation was notable for what it didn't include, such as interviews with the nominee, accuser Christine Blasey Ford, and multiple other potential witnesses who reportedly were unsuccessful in reaching out to the FBI to give statements.

Ford testified before Congress last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Just a single copy of the report was produced, which was not made public.

Republican senators were harassed by protesters last week, after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate, with some of the protesters funded by wealthy liberal organizations.

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But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chewed the most scenery, calling the process a "shameful spectacle that has embarrassed the senate". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, which related to actions when he was a student in high school and college.

"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us", he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat Sen. News reports say neither Ford nor Kavanaugh was interviewed. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations. He said he based his view on a briefing from committee aides and added, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct".

Harcourt said they signed out of concern about a rush to judgment, in the belief that for the Senate to elevate Kavanaugh "without full information and deliberation to the Supreme Court would undermine the respect owed" to the institution.

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. Democrats have fought his nomination from the outset. Senator Murkowski called Trump's speech "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable".

"I believe Dr Ford, and I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Middletown, Delaware. The chamber is sharply divided so Republicans need as much support as they can get, but it isn't yet clear how many senators will vote for Kavanaugh.

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Senators were set to individually review the report throughout the day Thursday.

Attorneys for Deborah Ramirez, who also has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, wrote a separate letter to Wray saying they were "deeply disappointed" that agents had not followed up on their interview with her by talking to the more than 20 witnesses she identified as being able to corroborate her account of his behavior.

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday echoed the president's newly aggressive approach. That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans.

The three senators criticised Mr Trump after he mocked Prof Ford at a rally on Tuesday for not recalling some details of the alleged assault.

Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia also has not declared how he'll vote.

"But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that Judge Kavanaugh did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land".

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