Feinstein And Schumer At Odds Over Whether To Release FBI Report

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Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Chuck Schumer of New York announced differing opinions Tuesday on whether or not to release the FBI report on the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, called for the release of the White House’s directive to the FBI, a full briefing on the FBI’s findings and the public release of the FBI report prior to a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“There is a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI’s investigation is complete, the findings should be released publicly with any personal information redacted,” Schumer said, standing aside Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both of Illinois. (RELATED: Feinstein Continues To Attempt To Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation)

Around the same time, Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, indicated the FBI report should not be made public.

“It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified, this ought to be held very close and not [be made public],” Feinstein reportedly said, according to a CNN journalist.

“I think the investigation ought to be closely held.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced less than 24 hours earlier that the full Senate will hold a vote at the end of the week on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, after the FBI investigation is complete.

“The time for endless delay and destruction has come to a close,” McConnell said Monday. “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is out of committee, we’re considering it here on the floor, and Mr. President, we’ll be voting this week.”

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