US Supreme Court nominee: 'I am independent, impartial'

US Supreme Court nominee: 'I am independent, impartial'

The FBI's report will be available at a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in the Capitol Visitor Center, a secure room designed for senators to review sensitive or classified material, two Senate officials said.

The FBI conducted their seventh background check into Kavanaugh after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced near the end of his confirmation process. Sen.

The 53-year-old judge said in an op-ed that he knows his "tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said" during testimony last week to the Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations against him.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons, who helped initiate the FBI probe, said he was concerned about the scope of the investigation, telling CNN it appeared that a number of important witnesses were not questioned.

Special inquiries are different from FBI criminal investigations, so the White House counsel set the parameters of what FBI agents examined. Inside that room - one copy of the FBI's report on Kavanaugh's expanded background check.

Ms Feinstein said the White House may have limited the probe. Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators.

Ford's attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said Wednesday they haven't heard back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about scheduling an interview about Ford's claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. "Nobody told them where to go, who to interview or how to interview them", Mr.

Earlier Thursday, demonstrations also took place after an FBI report looking into allegations of sexual assault against the nominee was handed over to senators, with key potential Republican holdouts indicating approval of the investigation.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.




Some 3,000 protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court yesterday to protest against Mr Kavanaugh's proposed appointment. If Republican lawmakers clear that hurdle, the Senate can then advance to a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke forcefully on the Senate floor Thursday morning, explaining why he's moving for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The President made fun of Dr Ford's inability to remember some details about what happened, news.com.au reports.

"Regardless of what you think about the allegations, the way he reacted to the questions presented doesn't show he has the right temperament", she said of Kavanaugh's testimony.

The confirmation process was already deeply partisan given that Kavanaugh would deepen conservative control of the Supreme Court, and Democrats have fought his nomination from the outset. In the short term he could provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters.

During the press conference, McConnell stated that there is nothing that will satisfy Senate Democrats.

That teacher, Christine Blasey Ford, said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to rape her when they were teenagers attending a party in suburban Washington in the early 1980s.

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