White House Says FBI Didn’t Confirm Kavanaugh Charges

The White House found no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background, Senators are reviewing the report on Thursday.

The White House found no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background, reports the Wall Street Journal. Senators who will decide Kavanaugh’s fate are set to review the findings on Thursday, and some of them may draw different conclusions. The investigation, which concluded two days before its Friday deadline, has faced mounting criticism from Democrats who said the probe wasn’t comprehensive. Investigators spoke only to one of the three women who made accusations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh.

Republicans said the extended FBI background check was a concession to Democrats and wavering Republicans, who demanded it and said its completion without a major revelation should allow Kavanaugh’s nomination to proceed to a Senate vote. Democratic senators claimed that the White House imposed too many restrictions on who the FBI could interview—they didn’t talk to Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, for instance—to make their inquiry’s findings credible. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set up a Friday procedural vote on Kavanaugh. Three uncommitted Republicans—Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—have said the FBI report would factor significantly into their decision.

from https://thecrimereport.org