The White House — after reviewing interview reports from the FBI’s probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the federal judge, The Wall Street Journalreported,citing sources.
It was unclear if the White House had finalized its review.
The Journal pointed out that the FBI report may do little to provide clarity and essentially leave senators in the same position as last week: two witnesses giving different accounts on what occurred.
The report comes as senior congressional sources tell Fox News that the Senate Judiciary Committee has still not received the FBI’s report on Kavanaugh. Senators will be able to view the report in a secure area off the Senate subway.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would be given the first chance to look at the report.
Kavanaugh’s fateboils downto three Republican Senators: Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa., who is facing a re-election battle, has said he will make his decision after the FBI probe.
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate 51-49, and – in the event of a tie – Vice President Mike Pence would be the deciding vote.
Fox News could not immediately confirm the Journal’s report.
Attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers, late Wednesday slammed the FBI background investigation after it was revealed that the agency’s probe appeared to be over.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellearlier filedfor cloture to end debate on the nomination, setting up a key procedural vote for Friday — and a possible confirmation vote as early as Saturday. McConnell also revealed that the Senate would receive the FBI’s supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh Wednesday night.
The bureau’s investigation, ordered last week by Trump, was designed to look into allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Kavanaugh, who has been accused by three women of separate alleged incidents. Ford, the first woman to come foward, testified before the Senate Judiciary last week about her claims.
Rachel Mitchell, the sex-crimes prosecutor hired by the Senate Judiciary Committee to assist Republicans who questioned Ford last week, wrote in a memo released late Sunday that there seemed to be inconsistencies in her testimony and that she would not bring criminal charges against Kavanaugh.
Ford said she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.
She identified Ford’s case as an example of “he said, she said,” and said her case is “even weaker than that.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this report
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