Grassley Releases List Of 10 People FBI Interviewed During Investigation

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started a process that will produce a crucial test vote in his polarized chamber Friday on Kavanaugh's fate.

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured to clarify her original statement regarding an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

In an earlier tweet, Shah said the White House is "fully confident" that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh, whose nomination has been roiled by the allegations of three women about his behavior more than three decades ago.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday defending his impartiality as a judge. He was nominated by Trump to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was seen as a swing vote on the court.

"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.

Furore over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Trump's Republican Party could be at stake.

Jessica Cathcart, a 24-year-old from California, says university professor Christine Blasey Ford inspired her to speak up about her own sexual assault, which took place when she was in high school.

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.

Kavanaugh said he was more emotional during the hearing than he has ever been before and that he "might have been too emotional at times" during his testimony due to "vile and violent threats" that his wife and daughters have faced in recent weeks. "I might have been too emotional at times", Kavanaugh wrote.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning.

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While Republican senators are saying the FBI investigation did not yield any additional corroborating evidence, Democrat senators are claiming the investigation was incomplete.

The sound of protesters, some victims of sexual assault, outside the U.S. Capitol today. "We did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands", she said. "It appears that the White House completely circumscribed the investigation to try to make it meaningless and they succeeded".

But despite the nod toward conciliation, Kavanaugh continued to lament the treatment he had been subject to, criticizing the accusations he faced as "wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations".

Among those interviewed were long-time friends of Kavanaugh Mark Judge and PJ Smyth, who Ford said were present on the night she was allegedly attacked. Some Republicans had said portions of the report should be released, but Corker said Thursday he no longer thought it was worth making public. Republicans say the probe was thorough and reinforces their support of President Donald Trump's nominee.

In total, the bureau said it reached out to 11 people and spoke to 10 after one witness identified by Ramirez refused to cooperate.

"I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh", she said.

"I feel pretty good about where we are", added Senator John Thune, a member of Senate Republican leadership. Flake was instrumental in getting Trump to order the FBI investigation last Friday.

But agents didn't talk to Judge Kavanaugh, nor did they interview Ms. Blasey Ford.

Also quizzed was Leland Keyser, Ford's friend who she also said was present on the night of the alleged attack, but who has previously said in a sworn statement that she can not recall the party in question and has never met Kavanaugh.

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