FBI Completes Kavanaugh Probe, Senators to View Today, Initial Vote Set for Friday
The FBI completed its investigation yesterday into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and submitted its report to the Senate.
Only the 100 senators and 10 top staffers will be allowed to see the report, which is supposed to be kept confidential, and will read it today in a secure room in the Capitol. It's unclear if, barring leaks, any of it will be made public. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set an initial vote Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, with a final vote on confirmation possible on Saturday.
Democrats argued that the report wasn't thorough, since the FBI didn't interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, or some of the people whose names were submitted as potential witnesses by Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale University.
Ford's attorney said in a statement last night: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford -- nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony -- cannot be called an investigation. We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth."