Update at the end includes Senator Grassley’s statement about the FBI report
Senator Lindsey Graham told Shannon Bream of Fox News on Wednesday evening that he has been informed the FBI report on Brett Kavanaugh will confirm the judge is innocent, and that the judge should be voted into the Supreme Court of the United States.
Graham said, “I have never been more confident. I have been given a summary of the summary that the FBI background check will hold up.”
He went on to say that the US Senators should move forward with a vote for Kavanaugh.
Watch the video clip:
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
The FBI report has been delivered. It includes the “302” forms of the FBI interviews, which summarize the contents of the interviews. The FBI, which has spent a few days on the investigation, will not be submitting a conclusion as to who’s telling the truth in the case.
They had thoroughly investigated Brett Kavanaugh six times prior to this.
All 100 Senators will have access to the new information, but not their staffs. There also are 10 Judiciary Committee staffers who have access to the secret Kavanaugh file, which is a paper report — there are no pdf’s or emails of it. And it will not be made public.
Senator McConnell has already proceeded with cloture and the vote will be Saturday.
There is a GoFundMe page which will help the Kavanaugh family hire security and pay for lawyers. They are receiving death threats. The Kavanaugh family is not rich and he will be the poorest member of the Supreme Court, especially given his latest costs. If he can be taken down after the life he has led, anyone can be taken down. Contributions can be made here.
Senator Grassley has released his statement upon reading the FBI report.
“I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations. There’s also no contemporaneous evidence. This investigation found no hint of misconduct and the same is true of the six prior FBI background investigations conducted during Judge Kavanaugh’s 25 years of public service.
“I trust that the career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their constitutional duty and make a judgment.
“No one is on trial and the Senate is not a courtroom. But our nation’s tradition of fairness still applies. A presumption of innocence is how the American justice system works, and it should remain our guidepost in the Senate. Abandoning that principle would cut a sad path for the Senate as an institution.
“Here is what we know: Judge Kavanaugh’s former clerks, colleagues and friends from high school to the present acclaim his personal integrity and character. His neighbors and community members recognize his positive contributions to their schools and churches. And his fellow members of the legal profession know him to be a thoughtful and respectful jurist. His judicial record shows that he is fair and rules impartially and without prejudice.
“Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to ever come before the Senate. He’s served with distinction for twelve years on the nation’s most important circuit court and dedicated himself to serving the American public. We know that he will be an excellent justice because he’s been an excellent judge.
“It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
.@ChuckGrassley: “I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file. There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know…no hint of misconduct…It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” pic.twitter.com/EqH0sPlBDm
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) October 4, 2018