Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

White House says Federal Bureau of Investigation comes up empty in report on Kavanaugh

White House says Federal Bureau of Investigation comes up empty in report on Kavanaugh

While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him.

While Democratic turnout is still expected to be a major factor in the elections, which will determine control of both chambers, strong Republican base support could help the GOP retain control of the Senate and keep more House seats than expected, even if Democrats regain control of the lower chamber.

Republican committee members will look at the report one hour after her, and then Democrat members an hour after them.

"We want to be careful not to fully characterize what is in the report, but we are going full steam ahead and have full confidence in his nomination", the official said. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors.

Should that vote pass, the Senate will have 30 hours of debate before members vote on confirming Kavanaugh, an event that could come on Saturday, according to NBC News.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took action to advance the nomination at around 9:45 p.m.

Earlier on Tuesday Mr Trump told reporters it was a "very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of". "'I don't remember,"' Trump said at the rally in Southaven.

Barring leaks, it was unclear how much of the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, if any, would be made public.

Background checks are a routine part of any nominee's vetting process and are generally delivered to the Senate without much fanfare. This background check is different, requested by a trio of senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Democrats wrote that the Republican tweet contained information that is "not accurate".

"The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful, " the committee Republicans said.

Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, are also yet to declare their intentions. They described the president's remarks as "appalling", "inappropriate" and "just plain wrong". Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end.

At a rally, Mr Trump poked fun at Christine Blasey Ford for not recalling key details of the alleged assault.

"I'm of the view that whatever could be made public should be, but that would be well outside the normal way these things are treated", said Republican senator Roy Bunt.

The White House declined to comment.

Michael Bromwich, Dr Ford's lawyer, called the president's comments vile, vicious and soulless.

Mr. Trump himself didn't respond publicly to the criticism.

President Trump has consistently backed Mr Kavanaugh, tweeting late on Wednesday that he was a "fine man".

An FBI investigation into the allegations leveled against Judge Kavanaugh is due to wrap up this week.

Ford's attorney also slammed the probe, claiming that "those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blamed the FBI's narrow list of interviewees on the White House. Five of them were connected to Dr. Ford and her story of a 1982 sexual assault at the hands of Kavanaugh.

"With Leader McConnell's cloture filing, senators have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation", Shah continued.

Three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

The Senate is set to review the findings on Thursday.

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