President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected Democratic criticism of the White House's handling of an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into sexual misconduct accusations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as Senate Republicans manoeuvred to confirm the conservative judge within days. The Senate plans a final confirmation vote on Saturday.
And the New York Times said more than 2,400 law professors signed a letter opposing the nomination, saying that at the hearing Kavanaugh "did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament" required for the Supreme Court. The results of a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday show 48 percent of Americans are against the confirmation of Kavanaugh's nomination, while 42 percent are supportive.
Ford testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing that when she was 15, a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth after she screamed.
The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses.
A key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee split 11-10 as well as in the closely divided Senate, Flake got something resembling his wish: Republicans agreed to a weeklong pause in the drive toward a confirmation vote, while the FBI investigated "credible allegations" against Kavanaugh.
After Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the committee last week, Keyser wrote a letter to the committee dated September 29 that said she did not refute Ford's claims, but "is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question", according to CNN.
In a separate tweet, he wrote: "This is a very important time in our country".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said Thursday that he is ready to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation and that continued delays and accusations are meant to "humiliate" the nominee.
Those senators - Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Republican Susan Collins - have kept their options open throughout the nomination process, but there were outward indications that at least some of them will ultimately support Kavanaugh.
Now White House tells Federal Bureau of Investigation agents they can interview ANYONE on Kavanaugh
The Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, noted Mitchell, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context. Last week , a former freshman-year roommate of Kavanaugh's at Yale challenged the nominee's drinking claims .
The White House believes the FBI report addressed the Senate's questions about Kavanaugh, Shah told CNN, adding that the FBI reached out to 10 people in its investigation and "comprehensively interviewed" nine of them. According to Legistorm, a website that tracks lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers, Cosko worked for Democratic Sen.
"Make no mistake, this investigation was rigged by the White House and Senate Republicans", said Sen. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke". Six of the witnesses involved Ford's claims, including an attorney for one of them, and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has asserted that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen.
Its conclusions will not be made public, but Senators will be able to review the report on Thursday.
He has denied all allegations against him.
Trump's pugnacious style was well suited to the messy drama, and his decision to stick by Kavanaugh, mock the woman who accused the nominee of sexual assault and use the controversy to fire up supporters could help Republicans in key Senate races in conservative states - even if it turns off independents and women voters in suburban House of Representatives districts that were already trending away from Republicans. The judge also defended his behavior by pointing out that his high school and college years were being scrutinized while his family faced "vile and violent threats".
However, lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, said that she had not been contacted by the agency. That strategy would give waverers one last day to decide how they'll vote.
But agents didn't talk to Judge Kavanaugh, nor did they interview Ms. Blasey Ford.
I don't remember. How'd you get there?
"Judge Kavanaugh stated at his hearing that the individuals at the incident involving Dr. Ford refuted her version of events", Schumer said.