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Wavering senators respond positively to FBI's report on Brett Kavanaugh

05 Octobre 2018

Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Mr Schumer called for the report to be made public as well as the directive the White House gave the FBI ordering the investigation. If it passes, the Senate expects to vote on his final confirmation on Saturday. "So the facts do not support the allegations levied at Judge Kavanaugh's character".

Capitol police have arrested dozens of people in recent days for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings.

Asked what she thought of the protest, Doreen Robinson, who was visiting the capital as a tourist from Washington State, said: "Not much".

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the early 1980s when both were teenagers. Others held signs that read: "Kava-Nope". White House counsel Don McGahn has also been shepherding Kavanaugh through the nomination process.

The announcement of the vote came after some Republican senators expressed dismay over Trump's mockery of two of the women who have come forward with claims against Kavanaugh. While an interview was conducted with Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, investigators did not, as far as Ramirez's legal team knew, speak to any of the 20 people she said may be able to corroborate her story. "I participated in more than 30 hours of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I submitted written answers to almost 1,300 additional questions".

Even before senators saw the new Federal Bureau of Investigation material, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, setting up a Friday procedural vote and a final vote as early as the following day.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, who, according to Judge Kavanaugh's calendars, hosted a party in July 1982 that Democrats say could have been the get-together where the assault happened, and Chris Garrett, a Kavanaugh friend who Ms. Blasey Ford says is the person who introduced her to Judge Kavanaugh.

"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and outcome.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the White House viewed the inquiry as a supplemental background investigation, with its scope limited to the sex-assault allegations.

"Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree that Kavanaugh's confirmation process has become 'a national disgrace.' 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", writes Rasmussen.

Interested senators were briefed by those staffers Thursday morning, with one hour dedicated to Democrats and the next to Republicans.

Flake told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against Kavanaugh.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a rare White House briefing that on Wednesday night that "the President was stating the facts" at the MS rally.

This debate about the truth is central to whether Kavanaugh should serve on the Supreme Court, because his job as a justice would be to determine the truth and then apply the law.

Wavering senators respond positively to FBI's report on Brett Kavanaugh