Washington, DC – A late night statement by the White House says the FBI’s supplemental investigation provides no hindrance to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination going forward.
But a fight appears to be shaping up over the scope of the FBI investigation.
An attorney for accuser Dr. Christine Ford says she was not interviewed.
As well, a former room mate told CNN he was bothered by false testimony given by Kavanaugh under oath about the extent of his drinking habit. He’s among dozens of witnesses who have not been interviewed.
However, a statement by White House spokesman Raj Shah at 2.30 a.m stated the completed FBI review is on its way to the senate.
“The White House has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s supplemental background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, and it is being transmitted to the Senate.” Raj Shah said in a statement issued on Twitter.
“With Leader McConnell’s cloture filing, Senators have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation,” Shah said.
“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.”
“With this additional information, the White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” he stated.
With several of Kavanaugh’s statements on his drinking habits, on the alleged sexual assault on Ford, his belligerence towards Senate democrats causing lingering doubts, it remains unclear whether some rebellious Republicans will endorse him.
Almost 1,000 law professors across the country have signed a petition urging the senate not to endorse him.
Hundreds of professors from Columbia, Harvard, Yale and other respected law schools signed the letter stating Kavanaugh “did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land.”
One key missing element in FBI’s report is any testimony obtained from Dr. Ford who accused Kavanaugh of getting on top of her and groping her in full view of a friend of the judge.
Her attorneys issued the following statement:
“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. We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth.”
Earlier, democrat Senator Patrick Leahy said: “BOTTOM LINE: It’s not just “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” or minimizing his contemporaneous drinking or misogyny in his yearbook.”On issues big and small, anytime Judge Kavanaugh is faced with an incriminating or difficult question under oath, he cannot be trusted to tell the truth.”