FBI Probe Aftermath: Democrats Say It's Incomplete
Jordan Kirkland - October 4th, 2018
Early Thursday, Senator got their first look at the FBI's background investigation on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The report, which had already come under scrutiny from lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford, is now being called "incomplete" by Democratic Senators.
After receiving the reports, top Democrats held a press conference to address the investigation. In it, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) voiced their concerns with the report.
Schumer called the probe "too limited" in scope, fearing it didn't accomplish much.
"This is constraining the ability for all senators and the ability of the American public to see the full truth," Schumer said.
Top Republicans, however, called the report "very thorough." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-IA), declared earlier Thursday that nothing in the document changed his mind, and that it was time to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
.@ChuckGrassley: “I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know...no hint of misconduct...It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” pic.twitter.com/EqH0sPlBDm
Following the release of the FBI's supplemental investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke in defense of the Supreme Court nominee. McConnell has called for a procedural Senate vote on Friday.
Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said he “learned nothing” that he “didn’t already know.”
“He’s probably the most scrutinized guy in America,” Graham told Fox News. “I’m more confident than ever ... that the allegations levied against him were not proven to be more reliable. Quite the opposite
Lindsey Graham: "To those who suggest he had a problem like this from prior interviews - no evidence of that, that's all manufactured. The senators who requested the supplemental FBI background check got what they requested and I am ready to vote." pic.twitter.com/raZM2AEwfm
With the GOP looking to move forward on the Kavanaugh vote, all eyes turned towards two key swing votes: Sen. Jefff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
Following the report, Collins said that the FBI probe into allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate sexual behavior against Kavanaugh seems to be "very thorough" and said she would read the findings in full later in the day.
"It appears to be a very thorough investigation," Collins, who has not yet indicated how she plans to vote on the nomination, told reporters in the Capitol.
Flake said he agrees with Collins pronouncement that the investigation was thorough.
The FBI interviewed nine potential witnesses in search of possible corroboration of Christine Ford's claim the now 53-year-old Kavanaugh forcibly groped her when they were teenagers. The report is not expected to be made public, potential witnesses named by Ford previously said they had no knowledge of the party where she claims the attack occurred.
According to report, the following were interviewed"
Debroah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a house party when they were at Yale University.
Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford says was in the room when she was assaulted.
Leland Keyser, a high-school friend of Ford's who she says was at the party where Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her.
PJ Smyth, another classmate of Ford and Kavanaugh's who Ford says was at the party.
Five other people not named
The FBI did not interview Kavanaugh or Ford, and many on the left are upset about this, saying that the White House is to blame. Attorneys for Ford slammed the investigation for not interviewing the California professor.
“An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford—nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony—cannot be called an investigation,” Ford’s legal team said in a statement. “We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth.”
The White House said Thursday that is “fully confident” that Kavanaugh will eventually be confirmed to the high court.
After the news broke, protesters assembled in Washington D.C.,and chanted slogans against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh as Democrats and Republicans faced off in advance of a Senate confirmation vote.
Earlier, top GOP Senators held a press conference regarding Kavanaugh's vote.
This is an ongoing story. We'll update you throughout the day.
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