GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced that the Senate will proceeded with a preliminary vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday. If a simple majority of the upper chamber votes in favor, the Senate will be able to advance to a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

The report arrived at a Capitol palpably tense over the political stakes of the nomination fight and from aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protesters who have rattled and reportedly harassed senators.

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

No Republicans have said they will vote against Mr Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

The North Dakota senator defied warnings that opposing the judge could hurt her in an uphill race and said she would vote against Kavanaugh, even though it could expose her among the more conservative voters of her home state. The vote is not a final verdict on Kavanaugh but is likely to establish his chances of reaching the Court.

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early 1980s while they were in high school.

SHAPIRO: Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, appeared alongside Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", he said.

"I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations", he wrote.

Republicans control the Senate by a razor-thin margin, meaning the votes of those two could be crucial in securing Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Three Republican Senators - Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - are being closely watched, as they have not yet said how they will vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, along with the White House received the FBI's supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said on CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reached out to 10 people and interviewed nine.

McLean's lawyer denied his client tried to influence Keyser to change her account, telling the Journal in a statement it is "absolutely false".

Kavanaugh, along with his allies, reportedly lobbied to bolster his defense ahead of a New Yorker report on September 23 that published allegations from Deborah Ramirez, who claimed the federal judge exposed himself to her at a university party while at Yale.

Details of the report - of which just a single copy exists at the Capitol - remain out of public view, locked in a room with access granted only to the 100 senators and fewer than a dozen staffers.

Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, wants to finish reading the report before he makes a decision, his spokesman Casey Contres told the Denver Post. They include Mark Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick Smyth, the people Ms. Blasey Ford has said she remembers at the party where she was assaulted. Flake was instrumental in getting Trump to order the FBI investigation last Friday.

She claims Kavanaugh thrust himself into her face, forcing her to touch him in a private area - claims which he denies.

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.

On the hot seat, some senators have been using police escorts in recent days to shield them from protesters and the media. However, the calendars he presented during his testimony showed that Kavanaugh had scheduled gatherings strikingly similar to the one Ford described. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh. The judge also defended his behavior by pointing out that his high school and college years were being scrutinized while his family faced "vile and violent threats".

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