Secrecy Shrouds Senators as They View Kavanaugh Report

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Demonstrators protest US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh near the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2018.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

While Republican senators are saying the FBI investigation did not yield any additional corroborating evidence, Democrat senators are claiming the investigation was incomplete. About 6 in 10 said they approve of how Senate Republicans are handling the situation. Another Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, told reporters it was a "whitewash".

Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

The FBI's files are confidential. One senator said it was about 50 pages long. "It's not like 50 pages of nuclear physics or anything like that". "No new information", he said.

These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations. "Many signs read 'KavaNOPE" and said the judge was 'unfit to serve", CNN reported. President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct the investigation.

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The man next then "took a swing at Brett", Ludington continued, and then they were "two guys fighting - that was all very quick". She has spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation , but Ford had reportedly not been contacted by the agency as of Monday.

"There was nothing new, there was no corroboration, if that's the right word".

"There is no chance in the world they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", McConnell said.

When asked whether any of the accusers stories were undermined, Isakson told the NewsHour's Lisa Desjardins, "No ma'am ... but all the people who needed to be talked to were talked to and I think the expansion was a good idea".

"Hopefully we're 48 hours away from having a new person on the Supreme Court", he told reporters. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., admitted in a recent interview.

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

On Wednesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ordered a procedural vote for Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination; a vote by the full Senate to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice could come as early as Saturday.

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For Republican members of the Judiciary Committee such as Sens.

"The whole report, you could stand on it and paint the ceiling", said Sen.

"I've learned nothing I didn't already know", said Sen. "So the facts do not support the allegations levied at Judge Kavanaugh's character". After being briefed on the FBI's Kavanaugh report, he said, "those fears have been realized".

Early Thursday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the the committee had received the FBI's background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. At times, my testimony-both in my opening statement and in response to questions-reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of terrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. If they find wrongdoing, then it is their responsibility to report it.

"Why shouldn't all of America see the documents?"

Details of the report - of which just a single copy exists at the Capitol - remain out of public view, locked in a room with access granted only to the 100 senators and fewer than a dozen staffers. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat. And when Wray was serving in the deputy attorney general's office under President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh was a deputy White House counsel. "This was a very constrained set of interviews that gives a wholly unacceptable understanding" of what happened. Even among Democrats whose senators have been leading the charge against the nominee, 40% agree, and only slightly more (43%) disagree, but 17% are undecided.

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