The FBI handed over its report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A source familiar with the report said that “it shows no evidence corroborating the allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against the nominee.” The FBI also interviewed nine people and received a sworn statement from another.

Heitkamp Will Vote NO on Kavanaugh

Vulnerable Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota told a local station that she will vote no on Kavanaugh. This is despite the fact that in a recent poll, 60% of the people in the state want to see him confirmed and she trails her GOP opponent by 10 points.

Lindsey Graham Stuns Kavanaugh Protester to Silence on Live TV

Dude, Sen. Graham has become a favorite of mine lately. An anti-Kavanaugh protester tried to upstage Graham on live TV, but the senator had no time for her shenanigans:

Flake & Collins Call FBI Report Thorough

Undecided Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins offered praise for the FBI report today. From The Washington Examiner:

Flake, whose about face on Kavanaugh triggered the supplemental FBI report, said there was “no additional corroborating information” in the report, while Collins said: “It appears to be a very thorough investigation.”

Neither senator said explicitly they would vote for Kavanaugh, and both said they wanted to take more time to read the FBI report. But their statements signaled they have no immediate problem with the nominee following the FBI’s supplemental work.

The White House had earlier sent the FBI report to the Senate, stating it was “fully confident” he will be confirmed to the Supreme Court this week with a full Senate vote due on Saturday.

Democrats Criticizing FBI Report

From the AP:

Senate Democrats are criticizing the White House for what they say is a limited FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (FYN’-styn), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the most notable part of report into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh “is what’s not in it.”

Kavanaugh denies the accusations.

The California Democrat says the report made available to senators on Thursday is “very limited” and she says “it looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation.”

Feinstein She says the White House may have limited the probe.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says he disagrees with a statement by the committee’s GOP chairman that the report found “no hint of misconduct” by Kavanaugh.

Schumer is calling for the report to be made public as well the directive the White House gave the FBI ordering the investigation.

Grassley: Nothing in the Report Shows Misconduct

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released this statement this morning:

Ford’s Friend Does Not Back Up Ford’s Claims

Ford’s friend Leland Keyser, the one she expected to back up her claims, met with the FBI and submitted two answers to the committee. Keyser said she does not about the party Ford talked about and maintains that she does not know Kavanaugh. From The Washington Times:

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Mr. Walsh said.

After Mr. Trump ordered an FBI investigation last Friday, Mr. Walsh submitted a reaffirming statement to the committee.

“Ms. Keyser asked that I communicate to the Committee her willingness to cooperate fully with the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Mr. Walsh said. “However, as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

All told, she has now provided the same account three times.

FBI Report

From Fox News:

A source familiar with the supplemental report told Fox News it shows no evidence corroborating the allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against the nominee. Other specifics from the report were not immediately available, but Fox News is told the review included interviews with nine people, along with a sworn statement from another. This went beyond the original Senate request for interviews with four people, though the FBI did not dive into Kavanaugh’s drinking habits in high school, one area of contention, because the Senate did not formally request the information.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley tweeted early Thursday that the committee received the “supplemental FBI background file.” Grassley said he has agreed with ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein “to alternating EQUAL access for senators to study content from additional background info gathered by non-partisan FBI agents.”

Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys blasted the FBI for not interviewing their client.

The White House also received the report on Thursday night.


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