Sen. Ed Markey blasted the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during an appearance on CNN Thursday morning. "I feel very good about where this nomination is right now".
President Donald Trump, pushing to get his nominee for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court, said in a Twitter post on Thursday after the FBI finished its investigation that the allegations against Kavanaugh were "totally uncorroborated".
Flake said the FBI investigation could inject the highly partisan process with credibility.
Top Democrats fired back at Grassley after getting their own briefing. The White House has said their public testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee last week and their sworn statements were sufficient. Sen.
Democrats have complained that the FBI's reopening of its Kavanaugh background check has been far too limited, leaving out contact with crucial potential witnesses.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to read the FBI's report on their investigation into sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. Should Republicans get the majority of votes they need - and Vice President Mike Pence is available to cast the tie-breaker, if necessary - that would set up a decisive roll call on his confirmation, likely over the weekend.
NPR has confirmed six people whom the FBI interviewed as part of its investigation: Kavanaugh's high school friends P.J. Smyth, Mark Judge, Tim Gaudette and Chris Garrett; Ford's friend Leland Keyser; and a second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez. Confirming Kavanaugh, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on Thursday would send a message that the "politics of baseless personal destruction has no place" in the Senate.
Lisa Murkowski held the keys to the kingdom for Kavanaugh, being three yes-vote holdouts on the Senate Judiciary Committee who might have blocked appointment for the judge accused of lying under oath during his confirmation process, and of sexually assaulting Christine Ford in high school. He provided no specifics.
And Republican Sen. Dean Heller is struggling in his reelection bid but he was always seen as the most endangered GOP incumbent this cycle as he's the only Republican running in a state carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week.
Senator Feinstein Called on Her Deceptions
Frankly, if you were wrongfully accused of being an attempted rapist, you'd probably be livid. Because I got here the same way anyone else did, " said Graham before going on a long tirade.
They have ratcheted up even further in the past few weeks, as protesters are dissatisfied with Republicans' handling of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Judge Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations against him.
It is not abnormal in background checks for the White House to tell the bureau what to do.
Trump weighed in hours later. "They're so swamped", she said.
The report was arriving at a Capitol palpably tense over the political stakes of the nomination fight and from aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protesters who have rattled and reportedly harassed senators. Capitol police stepped up their security presence on Thursday, in anticipation of confrontation. That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans.
Collins told reporters that Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen. Senator Murkowski called Trump's speech "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on NBC's Today show that the remarks were "kind of appalling".
Those senators, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to declare how they will vote.
'The more outrageous our Democratic colleagues treat this nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the more energized Republican voters are becoming, because they realize what the alternative is, ' Republican Sen.
The scope of the investigation has become the latest political battle in the larger war over Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court. Democrats wrote that the GOP tweet contained information that is "not accurate". [Dianne] Feinstein and the committee Democrats have handled this - it is absolutely abhorrent.
Ford, now a California psychology professor, has testified that when the drunken Kavanaugh attacked her, she believed he was trying to rape her.