FBI's Kavanaugh investigation was by the book - just like Democrats demanded

FBI's Kavanaugh investigation was by the book - just like Democrats demanded

Interested senators were briefed by those staffers Thursday morning, with one hour dedicated to Democrats and the next to Republicans.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

"I might have been too emotional at times", he wrote of his Senate testimony last week.

The Senate is heading toward a procedural vote Friday, and if Republicans prevail, Kavanaugh would be on track to a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court.

His column appeared aimed at winning over the three GOP senators who remain undecided.

The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses. White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley made his remarks - and urged his colleagues to confirm the conservative judge - in a written statement hours after the post-midnight delivery of the Federal Bureau of Investigation document to Congress.

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh declared himself "independent, impartial" Thursday in a highly unusual plea following criticism of his performance at a Senate committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against him.

"I think it's normal to have the White House set the parameters of a follow-up based on the allegations that have been made and to tell them stick to these allegations, don't go far afield about drinking in college", Swecker said.


But crucially, two key Republican senators who are yet to say how they will vote - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME - made positive comments about the probe, which was taken by some to be a sign that they were leaning towards a "yes". "I would like to have the future mending things so we can do things in a collegial way like the United States Senate ought to do. and you folks can have something to do with this". "I wouldn't want my son treated like Kavanaugh, and I wouldn't want my daughter saying that somebody assaulted her and not have any evidence of the fact".

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 judiciary committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to attempt a vote Friday.

Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in Mississippi.

Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy said on Twitter that with each senator being given one hour to review the report before a "rushed vote", the confirmation process controlled by Republicans is "just about power politics". The report is confidential and has not been made public.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in separate incidents in the 1980s. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court.

In an October 3 piece for Politico, journalist Matthew Miller stressed that Democrats needed to be aggressive and proactive in demanding a more comprehensive investigation of Kavanaugh.

Speaking through tears, Mr Kavanaugh furiously denied allegations of sexual assault as he accused Democrats of orchestrating a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination". Others who were watching on upper floors unfurled banners that said "we believe Christine Ford".

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