FBI Finishing Its Kavanaugh Misconduct Check

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Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys have demanded that the FBI interview her and act on investigative leads they have provided for its inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, reports Politico. The bureau is expected to wrap up its time-limited probe of the allegations against Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday, leading to a Senate vote this week. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the FBI report will be available to senators only, not the public. Ford’s attorneys sought a call with bureau officials to discuss the investigation.

All 100 senators will have access to the report in a secure setting. Three of Kavanaugh’s former clerks and two of his former Yale Law School classmates who had formerly joined public letters backing the judge withdrew their support in light of “serious allegations” against the judge. The FBI inquiry is largely focused on allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford when both were in high school, and exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez during their time at Yale. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked McConnell for a briefing for all senators on the FBI’s findings, at least 24 hours before the Senate votes to end debate on the nomination. Whether undecided senators take into account anything other than the FBI report is an open question.

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