McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh

At senators behest, the FBI investigated and the agency's latest report Thursday did not corroborate "any of the sexual misconduct allegations against" Kavanaugh, said Majority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press.

"There were four of us in a corner", said Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee, reading sections of the report while other senators listened to the report being read in full by staffers with the proper security clearances.

Judge said in a statement he did not remember the incident but FBI agents spoke to him for three hours during their investigation.

To guard the sensitive information, the FBI's report is expected to be held in a secure room normally reserved only for classified matters. At stops over the past week in West Virginia, Tennessee and Mississippi, Trump painted Democrats as villains who had to be stopped for trying to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.

While GOP leaders were not saying they'd nailed down the support needed, backing from two of those three would ensure Kavanaugh's confirmation because every other Republican was poised to back him.

The editorial was published on the eve of a pivotal vote in his confirmation.

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"All senators will be able to review the report" delivered early Thursday by the FBI, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said in a statement.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., merely said that the content of the 46-page report "raises more questions" and that it gives an "unacceptable understanding" of what actually happened. He said the Senate will be voting this week on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said the findings contained "no additional corroborating information". Members of the Senate, controlled 51-49 by Trump's fellow Republicans, must now decide whether to vote to confirm him after the extraordinary almost nine-hour-long hearing.

As I write this Wednesday night, the FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh is concluding and Senator McConnell is already calling for a vote on Friday.

"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. He said other witnesses - like a former Kavanaugh classmate at Yale who told the New Yorker his outreach to the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been ignored - lacked "firsthand knowledge" and therefore would not "be deemed as very credible in a process like this".

Democrats assailed the probe as an incomplete vetting constrained by a White House determined to push through the lifetime appointment of Trump's man. Even among Democrats whose senators have been leading the charge against the nominee, 40% agree, and only slightly more (43%) disagree, but 17% are undecided.

McConnell sets Friday test vote on Kavanaugh nomination
Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh. In a Twitter post , Mr Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Mr Kavanaugh's Democrat critics.

The group says Kavanaugh told "outright falsehoods".

Kavanaugh said he was more emotional during the hearing than he has ever been before and that he "might have been too emotional at times" during his testimony due to "vile and violent threats" that his wife and daughters have faced in recent weeks. The nomination battle boiled down to a "he said, she said" conflict requiring senators to decide between diametrically opposed accounts offered by Kavanaugh and Ford. I don't remember. Where was the place? "That's the only thing I remember", Mr Trump mocked.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations. "They're so swamped", she said.

The letter, which came after the FBI concluded its latest background investigation into Kavanaugh, calls out the FBI for failing to attempt to corroborate the claims made by Ramirez.

Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News.

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