On Wednesday, the FBI released the report from their investigation into the accusations of sexual assault that were brought against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, when they were both in high school.
The FBI investigation came after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. It failed to corroborate Ford's story, and the Senate will move forward with the confirmation vote.
Several senators responded to the report. Particularly important to his nomination process, two undecided senators said they found the investigation to be "thorough."
Senator Jeff Flake, who has been undecided throughout the hearing and investigation, told reporters that "We’ve seen no additional corroborating information” about alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school.
Likewise, Senator Susan Collins said, "It appears to be a very thorough investigation."
While they clearly don't think the FBI investigation corroborated Ford's story, they didn't reveal how they'll vote in the procedural vote or in Saturday's actual vote. Both senators said they would continue to study the document.
Senator Bob Corker also commented on the investigation. He shared his opinions with reporters on Thursday.
“I feel really good that the FBI report has taken place. And there’s zero corroboration, zero, to any allegation that’s been made," said Corker.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley also responded positively to the investigation. He said the investigation did not provide lawmakers with any new information.
“I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know,” Grassley said in a statement. “These uncorroborated allegations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI can find any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations.”
He continued, “Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes."
Grassley concluded, “We know he will be an excellent justice because he’s been an excellent judge. It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
The report, which according to Politico is 46 pages of raw interviews with 10 people, will not be made public. Instead, each party was given one hour for its lawmakers to review the document in a secure room on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning.
Democrats, on the other hand, have said the probe was incomplete. They've pointed to numerous witnesses, including Christine Blasey Ford, who were not interviewed by the FBI.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a key procedural vote for Friday morning. The final confirmation vote is expected to take place Saturday afternoon.
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