Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

The FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was the judge's seventh FBI background check.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, who, according to Judge Kavanaugh's calendars, hosted a party in July 1982 that Democrats say could have been the get-together where the assault happened, and Chris Garrett, a Kavanaugh friend who Ms. Blasey Ford says is the person who introduced her to Judge Kavanaugh.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, one of three Republicans considered key to Kavanaugh's fate, told reporters Thursday that the FBI probe "appears to be a very thorough investigation but I'm going back later to personally read the interviews".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report this morning. The encounter weighed on him, said Flake, who later forced Republicans to delay voting on Kavanaugh while the FBI conducts another background investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a rare White House briefing that on Wednesday night that "the President was stating the facts" at the MS rally.

Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

"This investigation found no hint of misconduct", Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement.

The entire exercise of having the Federal Bureau of Investigation reopen the Kavanaugh background probe for a week was to satisfy three key undecided GOP Senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "That's the only thing I remember", Mr Trump mocked.

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In his op-ed, Kavanaugh stressed that "the Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

Senate Republicans plan a procedural "cloture" vote at 10:30 on Friday (14:30 GMT), which would end the debate on the nomination, followed by a final vote on Saturday at around 17:30 (21:30 GMT).

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980's during a high school house gathering.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public. The results of a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday show 48 percent of Americans are against the confirmation of Kavanaugh's nomination, while 42 percent are supportive.

Most Democrats opposed Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh from the outset.

Ford, now a California psychology professor, has testified that when the drunken Kavanaugh attacked her, she believed he was trying to rape her.

"When the noise fades, when the uncorroborated mud washes away, what's left is the distinguished nominee who stands before us", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

He got an additional boost late on Thursday from President Donald Trump, who praised his nominee's "incredible intellect" and scoffed at detractors during a campaign rally in Minnesota.

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