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Grassley: FBI report has ‘nothing new’ on Kavanaugh

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/04/18, 12:10 pm

WASHINGTON—The extended FBI background check on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh contains nothing “that we didn’t already know,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday morning. As senators gathered in a secure room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol to read the FBI report investigating accusations of sexual abuse during Kavanaugh’s high school and college years—accusations Kavanaugh denies—Grassley said it contained “no hint of misconduct.” Some senators requested that a summary of the highly anticipated findings be released publicly to cut down on leaks. Leadership vetoed the suggestion and created time slots for senators and select staffers to review the report’s contents throughout the day.

The White House reportedly received the bureau’s findings around 3 a.m. Thursday. White House spokesman Raj Shah wrote that the Trump administration was “fully confident” the Senate would confirm Kavanaugh. Investigators contacted 10 people for the investigation and were able to speak to nine, according to a White House official who talked to The New York Times.

Lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford complained that investigators did not interview her or other witnesses they suggested. Republican lawmakers countered that given Ford’s testimony last week, they already had what they needed. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said if investigators didn’t speak with Ford or witnesses suggested by second accuser Deborah Ramirez, then “this isn’t the investigation I was hoping for.” But he added that he wouldn’t pre-judge the report.

On Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled a process vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday, setting the stage for a confirmation vote over the weekend. So far, five senators have not announced how they will vote: on the Republican side, Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska remain undecided, while Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have also declined to disclose their votes. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in an emotional speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night about sexual assault, revealed he had advised President Donald Trump this summer to nominate a woman to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying, “Part of my argument then was that the very important #MeToo movement was also very new and that this Senate is not at all well prepared to handle potential allegations of sexual harassment and assault.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • DAD
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 12:24 pm

    Many prayers have been answered.  Will the Senate Judiciary Committee FINALLY vote for confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, ending their premeditated, deliberate, evil and cursed DELAYS.   Maybe they will not be relected anyway!

  • Glong
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 02:18 pm

    Actually, the Judiciary Committee voted last Friday sending his nomination to the entire Senate where they have been debating and "speechifying" about it all week.

    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 12:40 pm

    I don't blame those people for not disclosing how they will vote. The Dems are after ANYONE these days, and their family members (not even their children are safe). Feinstein should be removed from the board and investigated. They should also keep protesters out of the meetings. Trump should have the DOJ and the IRS investigate them. The DOJ should arrest and charge the liars for defamation of character. These people need to be made an example, Feinstein as well. Enough is enough. 

  • MM
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 12:43 pm

    Put the guy on the bench... If credible allegations ever come forth - which is unlikely - he can be impeached... Up to now, we presume innocence until proven guilty... There is absolutely no proof at this time... And perhaps it would be reasonable to investigate the 10 Democrats on the Senate committee, and expose their sins for the world to see, and perhaps recall those who drank too much in their college days...


  • ML
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 02:49 pm

    . . . perhaps it isn't necessary to check out demos' past history.  They seem intoxicated with something very strong. Probably with the label EVIL.

  • SNelson
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 05:32 pm

    As serious as this matter is, I had to chuckle at "Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in an emotional speech about sexual assault on the Senate floor Wednesday night, ...." Being sexually assaulted on the Senate floor would tend to make me emtional as well! Beats the caning of Charles Sumner. 

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Fri, 10/05/2018 11:08 am

    Thank you for pointing out the problem with the word order. It has been corrected.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 11:20 pm

    I would suggest World News run an article itemizing the various scandals the Senators on the Judiciary Committee have been involved in.  There are some doozies!  Voters need to understand the enormous hypocrisy of the Democrats in particular who have plenty of dirt they wish to keep out of voters’ sight. 

  • DAD
    Posted: Thu, 10/04/2018 11:33 pm

    This is a good idea!  Can you comunicate it to the Editors of World Mag?