How Democrats And Republicans Are Reacting To The FBI Report On Kavanaugh

Tonya Becker
October 5, 2018

Senate Republicans expressed confidence that nothing in a supplemental FBI investigation prompted by sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh will derail the Supreme Court nominee, as they press ahead with plans for a make-or-break Friday test vote.

And Miller has suggested that Wray should have recused himself from the FBI's investigation of Kavanaugh, given his ties to Trump's nominee during the George W. Bush Administration.

President Donald Trump, who was briefed on the findings of the report Thursday, signaled support for his nominee, decrying "harsh and unfair treatment" of Kavanaugh in an early morning tweet.

A previously undecided Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp, said she would vote against Mr Kavanaugh, citing "concerns about his past conduct" and questions about his "temperament, honesty and impartiality" after his angry, defiant testimony a week ago to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate is all set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation this Saturday, with no further delay.

DIANNE FEINSTEIN: The most notable part of this report is what's not in it.

The FBI's report on its Brett Kavanaugh investigation is the hottest document in Washington, but there's only a single copy for 100 senators to share. Jeff Flake of Arizona - a key vote on the nomination - called for it with the backing of Republican Sens.

Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe.

Earlier on Thursday, a pair of undeclared Republican senators accepted a confidential new Federal Bureau of Investigation report into sex-abuse allegations against Mr Kavanaugh as "thorough", bolstering Republican hopes for confirmation as the Senate plunged toward showdown votes. I don't know. Where's the house?

Aside from Ford, several other women, including two who had also come forward, have accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting or harassing them during his high school and university years. Senate Democrats say the investigation is incomplete.

Kavanaugh explained that he met with "65 senators and explained my approach to the law".

If any Senators who support Kavanaugh feel the same, they haven't said so out loud.

Kavanaugh said he was more emotional during the hearing than he has ever been before and that he "might have been too emotional at times" during his testimony due to "vile and violent threats" that his wife and daughters have faced in recent weeks. I don't remember. Where was the place?

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

Neither has said how she will vote.

All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News. Some of them reported their abuse at the time, but others said nothing until now.

A second undeclared Republican, Susan Collins of ME, also expressed satisfaction with the probe, calling it "a very thorough investigation" and paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers.

One Republican Senator, John Cornyn, raised eyebrows by telling his party this was "our Atticus Finch moment", a reference to the lawyer in classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird who refutes a false rape allegation.

Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong". They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway. Each wants to see the results of the FBI investigation. Police have stepped up their presence in Capitol hallways, in some cases blocking news reporters and the public from approaching lawmakers.

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