Senate Judiciary Committee receives Federal Bureau of Investigation report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh

Arturo Kim
October 4, 2018

Three Republican senators who will be crucial to deciding whether Brett Kavanaugh reaches the Supreme Court hit out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he unleashed an attack on Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the judge of sexual assault.

"It is troubling that the committee majority has characterized information from Judge Kavanaugh's confidential background investigation on Twitter, as that information is confidential and not subject to public release, " Democrats, led by Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of IL, wrote to the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley.

Republican members of the Judiciary Committee will be permitted to view the file at 10:00 a.m. and Democrats will be able to view it at 11:00 a.m., with all other senators receiving an opportunity afterward.

Senators are expected to begin reviewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Thursday morning in a secure basement room in the Capitol complex. Any combination of two of them, combined with the vice president's tie-breaking vote, would be enough to put Judge Kavanaugh on the high court.

It also says Kavanaugh gave "intemperate, inflammatory" responses and was "discourteous" to senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced, "There'll be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote".

Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home later, but offered a detailed account of the incident.

To guard the sensitive information, the FBI's report is expected to be held in a secure room normally reserved only for classified matters.

In contrast to the president's enthusiasm, a coalition of US Christian churches with 40 million worshippers has urged Mr Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination. Kavanaugh has denied their accusations.

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"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do". A man's life is shattered.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don't remember. How'd you get there?

GOP lawmakers expressed concern that Trump's comments could make it harder to win over wavering colleagues whose votes will likely prove pivotal to Kavanaugh's chances.

Pressed by the interviewer, who called Trump's remarks a "personal, degrading attack", Graham then quoted a line infamously used by Clinton adviser James Carville about Paula Jones, who accused Clinton of sexual harassment as governor of Arkansas: "Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there's no telling what you'll find", Carville said in 1997.

"Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory, and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to questioners", the letter goes on.

Trump said he wants FBI to do a very comprehensive investigation, whatever that means according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority. I don't know. But I had one beer.

During four hours of emotionally intense testimony, Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982.

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Kavanaugh.

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