GOP senator: Secret FBI report shows no Kavanaugh misconduct

The gaze of a nation fell onto Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski as the Senate prepares to begin its final debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court

Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi Rally

"I'll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

The Democrats' campaign against Kavanaugh appears to have fired up Republican voters, according to an NPR poll. Tom Cotton, a reliable Republican attack dog, tweeted the morning after the Ramirez accusation was published.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters that Trump's Tuesday night lampooning of Ford at a MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen.

Trump himself didn't respond publicly to the criticism.

"I had one beer".

Trump also expressed confidence that the vote will be this week. I don't remember. How'd you get there? "I've had more thorough investigations to find my AirPods!" Trump tweeted against the "very rude elevator screamers", asserting without evidence that they were "paid professionals". That's one of several jaw-dropping findings in a bombshell report Tuesday from the New York Times, which pulled back the curtain on President Donald Trump's mythos as a self-made billionaire, discovering a dubious trail of complex tax evasion by which Fred Trump funneled at least $413 million in today's dollars to his son, "including instances of outright fraud."Also in the report: Trump's dad made him a millionaire by age 8, dodged half a billion in taxes and used a fake company to funnel him millions more".

Walking to the Capitol, Democratic Sen. "Kavanaugh has a long record of ruling against working people - including CWA members - and regularly siding with employers", the union said.

Under pressure from wavering fellow Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that absorbed the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. Democrats wrote that the GOP tweet contained information that is "not accurate". At the time, 78 percent Democrats said the elections were "very important". "Let (Ford) testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!"

In a statement on Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

"Hopefully we're 48 hours away from having a new person on the Supreme Court", he told reporters.

A couple of days before the hearing, Trump on Twitter set the tone for Republicans and, it turned out, Kavanaugh himself. "Pray for Brett Kavanaugh and his family!"

Democrats have complained that the FBI's reopening of its Kavanaugh background check has been far too limited, leaving out contact with crucial potential witnesses.

Many Democrats committed themselves to oppose Kavanaugh within minutes after Trump nominated him. Prior to the FBI investigation, a prosecutor who questioned her before the Senate panel concluded that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on Ford's claims. Some Republicans accuse the Democrats of subverting the confirmation process by withholding the allegations against Kavanaugh until after the judiciary committee held his confirmation hearings.

In a similar vein to the Russian Federation probe, Republicans have also attempted repeatedly to use the news media as a cudgel against any unflattering or potentially damaging new revelations.

A lawyer for the woman who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party, Deborah Ramirez, says he's seen no indication that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached out to any of the 20 people who Ramirez says may be able to corroborate her account. "Sexual assault is horrific."The FBI reportedly hasn't interviewed either Ford or Kavanaugh".

And yet, there was Texas Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah on Thursday and asked why he's backing Kavanaugh. Again, Kavanaugh denied Ramirez's allegation. Keyser believes Ford's account but is "unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question", her attorney, Howard Walsh, said.

Chad Ludington, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh, said in a media statement that Judge was not truthful during his Senate testimony last week about his drinking and that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" at Yale who often got belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

If this all seems outlandish, bewildering or just painfully complicated, well, that's the point.

But Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said the FBI report was "the product of an incomplete investigation", saying key corroborating witnesses had been snubbed.

White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

Trump tells a rally crowd of thousands Thursday evening in Rochester, Minnesota, that Democrats' "rage-fueled resistance is starting to backfire at a level nobody has ever seen before".

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