FBI interviews: Who spoke in the Kavanaugh investigation

FBI interviews: Who spoke in the Kavanaugh investigation

FBI interviews: Who spoke in the Kavanaugh investigation

Both of Utah's Republican senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, said Thursday there's no evidence in a new FBI investigation to support the sexual assault allegations made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

After being briefed by his staff on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement, "There's nothing in [the report] that we didn't already know".

The law professors say in the letter that Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee testimony regarding Ford's sexual assault allegation "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land".

Two of the five swing-vote senators on the Kavanaugh nomination - Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - both now appear satisfied with the FBI investigation, calling it "very thorough", and more importantly, saying they've seen no new corroborating information within it, while top Democrats are criticizing the report as "incomplete" and "very limited".

On Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a limit on how long the Senate can debate before voting.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) snapped at a woman protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling her: "Why don't we dunk him in water and see if he floats".

"Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Grassley said.

The protester, referring to Kavanaugh, said "if he would take a polygraph it would all be over Senator".

The FBI similarly had not - at least as of Wednesday - interviewed Julie Swetnick, who said in a declaration that Kavanaugh was physically abusive toward girls in high school and was present at a house party in 1982 where she says she was the victim of a "gang" rape.

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Within hours of the findings being made available on Capitol Hill some leading Republican and White House figures declared that the probe had failed to find any information which corroborated the allegations. "With this additional information, the White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court".

Democrats have raised concerns that the investigation has been too narrow in scope, and that key witnesses have been omitted. "It's kind of appalling", he added. That calculation would change if one or more Democrats were to vote in favour of Kavanaugh.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have been at the centre of the Kavanaugh maelstrom for months, since they expressed concerns over Kavanaugh's anti-abortion views. "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately.

It is not abnormal in background checks for the White House to tell the bureau what to do. Collins said Thursday that the FBI appears to have conducted a "very thorough investigation" of the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.

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.

Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME, who also has not announced how she will vote, said it "appears very thorough".

Flake, Collins and Murkowski all have criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

Still undecided on backing the conservative judge, Senator Collins denounced the president's comments ridiculing Ford as "just plain wrong". Democratic senators huddled, preparing to hold a news conference.

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that "mean and despicable democrats" had treated Mr Kavanaugh harshly and unfairly and that was having an effect on the voters.

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