Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senators view Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh

Senators view Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump's remarks at a MS rally Tuesday night mocking Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "made me feel sort of sick", Sen.

The judiciary committee voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to attempt a vote Friday.

Carrying signs that read "Women must be heard" or simply "Kava Nope", protesters marched from Washington's District Court to the steps of high court, chanting along the way.

Usually, the two votes are the same for every senator. Some lawmakers also complained of being confronted outside their homes.

What they did say was that the FBI investigation left too many stones unturned for the Senate to be moving ahead with a vote. Neither have Republican Sens.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters that Trump's Tuesday night lampooning of Ford at a MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt interviewed Sen. "I wish he hadn't have done it and I just say it's kind of appalling", Flake told NBC.

Collins is one of a handful of key "undecided" senators Republicans need to push Kavanaugh's confirmation through. Other Republicans conceded that Trump's insults could be damaging. "We will not be intimidated by these people". Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end.

"I don't remember", he said repeatedly, apparently mocking her testimony. 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. "Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh", he tweeted.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday echoed the president's newly aggressive approach. He had previously spoken to The New Yorker about Ramirez on condition of anonymity, but he said that he is now willing to be identified because he believes that the F.B.I. must thoroughly investigate her allegation.

Flake's request followed wrenching testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to go public with an allegation against Kavanaugh, who testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he sexually assaulted her at a social gathering during their high school years in the early 1980s.

"One of our colleagues and his family were effectively run out of a restaurant in recent days", McConnell said.

The rallies come a day before senators are set to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination following an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations waged against him by Christine Blasey Ford. Dianne Feinstein was approached by a woman who thanked her for her work on the investigation and told the senator she's a multiple rape survivor.

This is "now the seventh FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh".

Grassley said the Federal Bureau of Investigation could not "locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations", and he said there is "no contemporaneous evidence".

NPR has confirmed six people whom the FBI interviewed as part of its investigation: Kavanaugh's high school friends P.J. Smyth, Mark Judge, Tim Gaudette and Chris Garrett; Ford's friend Leland Keyser; and a second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential and it's unclear what will be released, other than through leaks. Cornyn called Democrats' pushing of these stories "a search and destroy mission.not a search for the truth".

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