Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

How does the FBI's Kavanaugh probe compare to the normal process?

How does the FBI's Kavanaugh probe compare to the normal process?

It is not a done deal, however.

Republican leaders are increasingly optimistic about Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation after two undecided Republican senators, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, gave initial positive reactions to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report looking into the sexual assault allegations.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", Senator Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday.

But anger and frustration knew no party on the eve of expected voting. That same threshold of 50 also applies to the final confirmation vote.

Democrats wrote to Grassley challenging a Tuesday tweet by GOP aides saying prior investigations never found "a whiff of ANY issue - at all - related in any way to inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse".

The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh may be coming to a close, but the controversy surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appears to be ongoing.

Writing in an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, the embattled Kavanaugh said, "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

Six of the witnesses involved Ms Ford's claims, including a lawyer for one of them, and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen, which Mr Kavanaugh denies.

He noted that his subsequent rebuttal was "forceful and passionate".

Timing is everything. This supplemental FBI investigation of new claims against Kavanaugh would've happened two months ago had Senate Democrats followed standard procedures and shared the letter they received from Ford, detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh with their Republican colleagues and the FBI.

"I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".

Kavanaugh was visibly emotional and angry last week when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability ..."

They converged on Capitol Hill and held a rally outside the Supreme Court, chanting: "Kavanaugh has got to go!"

In a statement, the police said that 293 people were arrested on Thursday for "unlawfully demonstrating" in the buildings and another nine for "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding", reports Efe news.

But White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking". North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who faces a hard re-election race next month, cited concerns about his "past conduct" and said she felt his heated attacks on Democrats during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing raised questions about his "current temperament, honesty and impartiality". "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know".

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said yesterday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana tomorrow, making him unavailable to cast his vote.

Much of the focus Thursday will be on the reactions of three Republicans whose votes are considered key to Kavanaugh's fate: Flake, Collins and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said it was "a very thorough investigation".

Democrats have complained that the FBI's reopening of its Kavanaugh background check has been far too limited, leaving out contact with crucial potential witnesses.

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.

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