Federal Bureau of Investigation report 'shows no Kavanaugh misconduct'

Kavanaugh is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, following Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump selected after Republicans blocked a vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a final Senate vote on the nomination on Saturday, after an earlier procedural vote on Friday. "It's time to vote". And then they're handing us a document this morning that 100 members of the Senate must read.

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The FBI interviewed nine potential witnesses over the last week in search of possible corroboration of Ford's claim the now 53-year-old Kavanaugh forcibly groped her at high school party in 1982.

Trump risked alienating key undecided senators when he derided the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s at a high school party. Referring to Swetnick, Trump said: "This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most terrible charges".

This raises the possibility of conservatives rallying around the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and cutting into the enthusiasm advantage among Democratic women, many of whom were politically activated when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says senators "have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation" into Kavanaugh, who denies accusations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college. One is Mark Judge, who the professor says was in the room when Kavanaugh lay on top of her, ground his body against hers and covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.

The majority leader also filed a cloture motion, giving Senate lawmakers until Friday to debate on Kavanaugh.

Earlier in the day, Trump bemoaned what he says has become the marching orders in the #MeToo movement - guilty until proven innocent.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, said Kavanaugh could move the court to the right on abortion, gun rights and other issues.

The Judiciary panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, said it appeared that the White House had "blocked the Federal Bureau of Investigation from doing its job".

Even President Trump, after days of calling Ford "credible", changed his tune and mocked Ford at her during a rally in MS on Tuesday night, a day after the poll was conducted. GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against moving forward with the nomination.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he asked during a lunch meeting with other Republican senators if multiple copies could be made available, but it was unclear whether GOP leaders agreed to the request. "And to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It's kind of appalling", the Arizona Republican said. Kavanaugh was quick to deny the allegations when they first became public. "But I think if the report disappears into a black hole from which no fact emerges, it will just add to the dissension here and to the questions", he said.

"I had one beer". A third (33 percent) said Kavanaugh is the one telling the truth, up slightly from 26 percent before he testified but not as much of a rise as for Ford. "Oh, good. How did you get home?" How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? "I don't know". Upstairs, downstairs, where I was.

  • Leroy Wright