The White House sent the FBI’s supplemental background investigation into Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate early Thursday.
Senators were allowed to begin viewing the FBI report from a secure location inside the U.S. Capitol beginning at 8 a.m. EST Thursday.
“With Leader McConnell’s cloture filing, Senators have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. “This is the last addition to the most comprehensive review of a Supreme Court nominee in history, which includes extensive hearings, multiple committee interviews, over 1,200 questions for the record and over a half million pages of documents.”
He went on to say that the White House is “fully confident” that Kavanaugh will get confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The New York Times is reporting that the FBI reached out to 10 individuals and interviewed nine of them. Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was not one of those interviewed, her lawyers said in a statement late Wednesday.
“An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford – nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony – cannot be called an investigation,” Blasey Ford’s lawyers’ statement said. “We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking truth.”
The White House reportedly gave the FBI free reign over who they wanted to investigate earlier this week. Prior to this order, the FBI had only interviewed four people, three of whom were people that Ford alleged were at the party. The fourth was Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser.
“I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation, whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority,” President Trump said on Monday.
Senate Republicans took a step Wednesday night to allow senators to vote on Kavanaugh on Friday. (RELATED: Senate Republicans File For Cloture, On Kavanaugh, First Step Towards Final Vote)
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