FBI Did Not Review Witnesses Suggested By Ramirez, Her Attorney Says

FBI Did Not Review Witnesses Suggested By Ramirez, Her Attorney Says

Congressmen from across the aisle spent Thursday reviewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation report into claims of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh behind closed doors as the fate of Donald Trump's choice for America's top court hung in the balance. A vote against the judge, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

McConnell addressed the fact that the Democrat senators were the ones pushing for an FBI investigation and when the information came back, "they turned on a dime and started claiming his real sin was that he spoke up too forcefully, in defense of his good name and his family".

Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Senate Republicans said they plan a procedural "cloture" vote at 10:30 on Friday (14:30 GMT), following by a final vote on Saturday.

Republican optimism is building that Brett Kavanaugh will be voted onto the Supreme Court as party leaders claimed an FBI investigation discovered no new bombshells and two wavering senators expressed satisfaction with the probe. Both votes need a simple majority to pass.

Similarly, if a Democrat flips and votes for Kavanaugh, it would all but ensure his nomination.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation leveled against him by Ford. Still, Kavanaugh promises in the op-ed, if confirmed to the Supreme Court he will "keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law". And people who have grown up where they had choice. While not the most artful in delivery, the president went after Ford, whose allegation lacks evidence, corroborating witnesses, and key details.

And Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick".

Also not questioned: Judge's former girlfriend, Elizabeth Rasor, who said Judge told her in 1988 that he and several Georgetown Prep classmates took turns having sex with an inebriated woman.

"The Senate set the scope of the investigation", as White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said.

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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.

With Republicans holding a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the loss of any two of their senators would doom Kavanaugh.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he disagreed with the statement by Mr Grassley that the report found "no hint of misconduct" by Mr Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh rejects Blasey Ford's accusations. Some of them reported their abuse at the time, but others said nothing until now.

"Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Grassley said.

"This so-called investigation leaves a lot more questions than answers", said Harris, who was also among the group of Democrats that walked out of last week's Judiciary Committee proceedings.

In his testimony last week, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election". That is why when Sen. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins pointedly rebuking the President. Senator Flake, the third Republican swing vote, said there was "no time and no place for remarks like that". "That's really all I have to say right now". Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.

The picture that has formed of him since then in the press has been of a hard-partying prep school athlete and Yale frat boy.

Kavanaugh's ability to tell the truth.

Complicating matters further is the presence of attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Swetnick.