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GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

06 October 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he won't be intimidated as protesters vow to keep fighting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. These allegations come at a time in history where women are more comfortable and confident to come forward about their personal stories of sexual assault - a plague that riddles almost one-third of the USA population.

Trump has expressed similar sentiments in the past in response to sexual misconduct allegations against Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News host who was forced out after multimillion-dollar settlements of sexual harassment claims; Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama who lost after being accused of child molestation; and Rob Porter, his White House staff secretary who resigned after two former wives accused him of abuse. "In addition to the concerns about his past conduct, last Thursday's hearing called into question Judge Kavanaugh's current temperament, honesty, and impartiality".

If only one of those senators votes against Kavanaugh, and the other two vote in favor of him, that would bring the vote total to 50-50.

McConnell said that defeating Kavanaugh would mean that "media bullying and mob intimidation are valid tactics for shaping the Senate".

Flake said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had completed interviews with four people.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all the allegations.

Several people with information related to allegations against Kavanaugh told Reuters they had not heard from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suggesting its report may be narrower than was desired by some of the lawmakers who demanded it just days ago.

A week after a televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which Kavanaugh and Ford transfixed the nation, the Capitol campus remained a stew of tension as the election-season cliff-hanger neared its conclusion.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus signs letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford
White House spokesperson Raj Shah says Kavanaugh "looks forward to a hearing" and "stands ready to testify". Republican Susan Collins said the Senate Judiciary Committee should hear the Brett Kavanaugh allegations.

"Hopefully we're 48 hours away from having a new person on the Supreme Court", he told reporters. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who also is on the ballot, has said he's awaiting the Federal Bureau of Investigation report to make a decision on Kavanaugh.

The Senate has been called the world's greatest deliberative body, the saucer to cool the tea brewed by their more hot-headed colleagues in the House. If anything, it is a public relations ploy created to give the so-called "undecided" Republicans in the Senate-namely, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins-an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh. That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans. She paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers.

Swetnick has not accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her, but of engaging in "abusive behavior" toward teenage girls while he was in high school.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have been at the centre of the Kavanaugh maelstrom for months, since they expressed concerns over Kavanaugh's anti-abortion views.

To those who might not support him based on how he votes on Kavanaugh, Manchin offered an apology. They skirted reporters for much of the day, sometimes shielded by Capitol Police. If he gets confirmed, Kavanaugh has the power to reverse Roe v. Wade, a law that would seriously screw up women's rights in this country and would be a huge step backward in the worldwide community.

"I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Grassley to ensure a thorough and fair review of these serious allegations, and trust that the career professionals at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted a non-partisan assessment".

Christine Blasey Ford said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to take her clothes off in what she believed was a rape attempt when they were teenagers decades ago.

Chuck Grassley, the Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, separately demanded in a letter to Ford's lawyers that they provide a range of materials to determine whether her allegations are credible.

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A third woman who has leveled allegations against Kavanaugh and Judge, Julie Swetnick, evidently was never contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to her attorney.

Neither side specified what they were referring to. Chris Coons, D-Del., in asking for the additional Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews.

Pettinato Oltz said she chose to sign the letter because she wanted to ensure that there was some representation from North Dakota.

It wasn't immediately clear who the three other people might be. They're not even interviewing Kavanaugh or Dr. Ford. He said the president owed Ford an immediate apology.

In choosing who is telling the truth, 45 percent said Ford is, up from 32 percent ahead of her September 27 testimony. Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, was one of several senators who described the Senate as a place that moves on - because it has things to do.

Another classmate, Kerry Berchem, said she's made multiple submissions to a tip line but has not received a return phone call or substantive response from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The chamber, in the Capitol Visitor Center adjacent to the Capitol, is also used for secret intelligence briefings. Judge's lawyers have said he denies her account.

She described "uproarious laughter" by Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who has said he doesn't recall such an incident. Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behaviour while drinking are exaggerated.

Kennedy also told the media that he wants the report to be made public.

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GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct