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Senate Republicans Are Confident Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed After Reading FBI Report

05 October 2018

All 100 senators, and a handful of Senate staff, will be able to read the FBI's new report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh once it's sent to Congress.

"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us", he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"I swear today, under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh told the Judiciary Committee.

The senator cited Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, in her statement, saying, "When I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the voices of women I have known throughout my life who have similar stories of sexual assault and abuse".

Lawyers for two women making claims against Mr Kavanaugh - Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez - also criticised the FBI's probe. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10.

Recent polls show a majority of women think the Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh.

"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said.

While some Democrats have lent credence to her claims, most senators have avoided them.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents also interviewed Deborah Ramirez, who alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale University in the 1980s.

Hundreds of law professors have signed onto a letter urging the Senate to reject Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Flake, a frequent Trump critic, was instrumental in getting the president to order the FBI investigation last Friday.

U.S. Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate minority leader and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer.

According to the Washington Post, FBI agents only spoke to six people as a part of the investigation.

Late in the day, with Collins praising the reach of the brief FBI investigation and Flake indicating he had seen nothing incriminating in the results, the pro-Kavanaugh forces appeared closer to the prize.

The shift has bolstered Republican hopes of saving their Senate majority in the November 6 elections.

Kavanaugh sharply attacked Democratic senators, calling himself the victim of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit" fuelled by anger on the left at Trump's 2016 election win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, his conservative judicial record and revenge on behalf of Clinton and her husband Bill.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support. "And one time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed and they said, 'We're only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh'". Senate Republicans planned to meet on Thursday night to discuss the next steps on the nomination.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree that Kavanaugh's confirmation process has become "a national disgrace".

Under Senate rules, the key vote on McConnell's cloture motion will take place one hour after the Senate convenes Friday.

Kavanaugh penned the defense of his performance during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor.

Senate Republicans Are Confident Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed After Reading FBI Report