Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Senate panel gets FBI report on misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh

Senate panel gets FBI report on misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh

A vote on the motion, which will bring debate to a close, will be held on Friday, and if it passes, it's likely the Senate will hold a final vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation as early as Saturday.

The Senate is expected to begin a key procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday. If all the Democrats in the Senate stick together, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only one senator from his ranks and still confirm Trump's pick.

Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California who accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her attorneys said.

Kavanaugh's fate remains unclear because three Republicans are undecided: senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

In a statement Wednesday night, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say the additional FBI background investigation didn't include interviewing Ford or the witnesses they say corroborate her testimony.

The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land". The agency has also spoken to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed Mr. Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party when both were freshmen.

"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", Ford's counsel said.

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

Experts have said it is not unusual for victims of trauma to remember certain details vividly but have little recollection of other things.

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Collins and Murkowski are two moderate members of the Republican caucus, both of whom support abortion rights and have been under pressure to oppose Kavanaugh since he was nominated.

"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do". However, investigators did not speak with Kavanaugh or Ford. I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

Mr Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organised by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee.

Sanders also blasted Democrats, accusing them of launching a "full-scale assault on" Kavanaugh's integrity.

At a campaign rally in MS rally on Tuesday, the audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 majority and five senators including three Republicans still vacillating, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky and dependent, in part, on the file's contents, which are supposed to be kept secret.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

The group says Kavanaugh told "outright falsehoods". Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who forced the committee's hand over the investigation, spoke with Today on Wednesday morning where he called the remarks "kind of appalling".

The letter also says Kavanaugh gave "intemperate, inflammatory" responses and was "discourteous" to senators. 'I don't remember.' How'd you get there?

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Kavanaugh. I don't know. Where's the house?

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