Trump says Kavanaugh will 'potentially, hopefully' win confirmation soon

Deanna Kelley
October 5, 2018

Democrats also objected to a statement by committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct".

"So now is the time to quit all of these antics, these hijinks, this circus-like atmosphere and we'll do that Saturday when we finally vote to confirm this good man to this important position", Cornyn added.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who faces a hard re-election race next month, cited concerns about his "past conduct" and said she felt his heated attacks on Democrats during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing raised questions about his "current temperament, honesty and impartiality". Democrats want a briefing from the FBI about the investigation, but Republicans declined that request. "Those fears have been realized".

The FBI has been criticized by some Ford supporters for conducting an investigation they consider to be superficial and much too short.

The U.S. Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court as key Republican senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation.

"I am an independent, impartial judge", said the headline to an opinion piece he wrote in The Wall Street Journal as the Senate moves towards a weekend confirmation vote on his nomination by President Donald Trump.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", she said. "It's been sent to the Senate, no White House editing", Shah said.

"Democrats agreed that the investigation's scope should be limited". With Kavanaugh's uncertain prospects for approval depending in part on the decisions of five wavering senators, lawmakers began viewing the document in a secure room in the Capitol complex.

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

"This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump wrote.

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The Kavanaugh confirmation has been compared to that of Clarence Thomas in 1991, when Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment.

The FBI is expected to give the Senate a supplemental background report on Kavanaugh later Wednesday.

A reported nine people were interviewed in the FBI's five-day investigation.

Prof Ford's lawyer said eight people were not interviewed who could corroborate her claims, while Ms Ramirez's lawyer said more than 20 witnesses were not contacted.

The 46 pages that the FBI compiled in its latest background investigation join some 1,500 pages amassed during six prior background checks, dating back to 1993, for the judge's extensive service in the government.

The group says Kavanaugh told "outright falsehoods". "We are deeply disappointed by this failure". "I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said in Boca Raton, according to The Palm Beach post. "When he wasn't yelling and demeaning senators, he was making misleading statements that cast doubt on his overall trustworthiness".

"I am taking everything into account and I think the comments by the president yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate", Murkowski said.

Numerous other interviewees were linked to Prof Ford's allegation. I don't know. Upstairs?

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".

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