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Kavanaugh Vote Set for Friday as FBI Delivers Report to White House

04 October 2018, 02:40 | Darnell Patrick

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U.S. president Donald Trump has strongly defended his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing sexual assault allegations levelled by his high school classmate, Blasey Ford.

Grassley on Thursday confirmed the committee had received the report. Senators were to be granted access to review it during the day on Thursday.

In a statement on Wednesday night, after Mr. McConnell set the vote in motion, Dr. Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony can not be called an investigation".

Senate Republicans now need a simple majority for a vote to end debate on the nomination, which is expected to take place on Friday.

After filing a cloture petition, lawmakers must wait one legislative day before proceeding to the cloture vote, according to Senate rules. That means a cloture vote could come on Friday morning at the soonest.

McConnell, R-Ky., claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination and said, "There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty".

"I will say that I urged the president back in June and early July to make a different choice before he announced this nomination", Sasse said.

"The White House confirmation that it will not allow the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh or witnesses identified by Deborah Ramirez raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation", she said in a statement.

Adding to the uncertainty, the three undecided GOP senators who could decide Mr. Kavanaugh's fate rebuked President Donald Trump for mocking one accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, by mimicking her responses to questions at last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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"With this additional information, the White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court". The FBI also talked to two other friends of Kavanaugh's who were listed as attending a gathering during the same summer that Ford alleged she was assaulted: Chris Garrett, who went out with Ford for a time, and Tim Gaudette.

She testified that a drunken Mr Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed. "Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? That's the only thing I remember", the president said to cheers and applause from the crowd, CBS News reported.

Murkowski said that Trump's remarks were "wholly inappropriate, and in my view unacceptable".

Mr Flake called the president's comments "appalling", and Ms Collins said they were "just plain wrong".

Sandra Mendler said it was "really terrible" to see Dr Ford's testimony misrepresented by Trump in an appearance on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time on Wednesday evening.

Flake has previously said that his vote depends on the results of the FBI's investigation and has declined to speculate on whether he would be comfortable voting on Kavanaugh if the probe is not yet completed.

US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.

Trump limited the investigation to no more than a week. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh. Her attorneys said she was not contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the latest report.

Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out".



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