After reviewing interview reports from the FBI’s investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the White House found no corroboration of any allegations of sexual misconduct.
The FBI report may do little to provide clarity, and essentially leave the issue in the same state as it was last week: two witnesses giving different accounts of what occurred. The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford is still left with no collaborating witnesses or evidence to support her allegations.
Late Wednesday, attorneys for Ford slammed the FBI background investigation after it was revealed that the agency’s probe appeared to be over.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the Senate would receive the FBI’s latest background investigation into Kavanaugh Wednesday night and filed for cloture to end debate on the nomination to move forward with a key procedural vote for Friday that could result in a confirmation vote as early as Saturday.
GOP leaders say the renewed investigation wasn’t necessary, given that Judge Kavanaugh had already been subjected to several FBI background checks.
Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said the supplemental FBI report would factor significantly into their decision. Senators are expected to study the FBI report at a secure location on Thursday.
The Democrats, who can never go far enough with their own partisan posturing, claimed they are concerned by Judge Kavanaugh’s “partisan attacks” at last Thursday’s hearing.
The public fighting over his nomination has done nothing but smeared the reputation of a good man and caused more division in the country. It has opened the gate for more disgraceful confirmation shenanigans from the Democratic Party in the future.
On Wednesday, while at an event sponsored by Atlantic magazine, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said, “This cannot be the new normal, because it will destroy the ability of people to come forward and be judges. What goes around comes around.”
On Saturday Graham said, “If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.”