It looks as if this thing is turning out just as we feared.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The Senate began reviewing the FBI’s completed report on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh on Thursday morning, as the White House stood by President Trump’s nominee, signaling nothing sufficient had been found to corroborate allegations of sexual misconduct while he was a teenager.
The White House said overnight that it is “fully confident” that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process has been roiled by the allegations of three women about his behavior more than three decades ago.
“The president, the White House are firmly behind Brett Kavanaugh,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said during an appearance Thursday morning on CNN. “We believe that all the Senate’s questions have been addressed through this supplemental FBI investigation.”
Shah said that the FBI agents had reached out to 10 witnesses — nine of whom were interviewed– and that no one had corroborated the account of Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
So they did not find any reason to disqualify Kavanaugh for confirmation, color me unsurprised.
There may be an obvious reason for that.
Courtesy of NBC News:
More than 40 people with potential information into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have not been contacted by the FBI, according to multiple sources that include friends of both the nominee and his accusers.
More than 20 individuals who know either Kavanaugh or Ramirez, who has accused the nominee of exposing himself to her while the two attended Yale University, have not heard from the FBI despite attempts to contact investigators, including Kavanaugh’s roommate at the time and a former close Ramirez friend.
A senior U.S. official and two other sources briefed on the details of the FBI investigation confirmed to NBC news that the FBI’s work on the Brett Kavanaugh matter remains significantly limited in scope, and that it’s unlikely agents will be allowed to interview many, if any, additional witnesses before the probe wraps up this week.
One current and two former FBI officials confirmed to NBC News that dozens of witnesses have come forward to FBI field offices who say they have information on Brett Kavanaugh, but agents have not been permitted to talk to many of them. To the extent that any interviews have been done, the officials say, it’s not clear the information will be considered as part of the FBI’s limited scope inquiry.
So now the inquiry is over and sure enough, the FBI did not interview any of these people.
This was the response from Democrats.
.@SenSchumer: “We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting all the facts. Having received a thorough briefing on the documents, those fears have been realized.” https://t.co/LIsQ04GwPb pic.twitter.com/p0ykinLluq
— The Hill (@thehill) October 4, 2018
And as always Donald Trump is the quiet voice of reason in all of this.
I see it each time I go out to Rallies in order to help some of our great Republican candidates. VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH! He and his wonderful family deserve much better.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Look at the Energy, look at the Polls. Something very big is happening. He is a fine man and great intellect. The country is with him all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2018
The harsh and unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is having an incredible upward impact on voters. The PEOPLE get it far better than the politicians. Most importantly, this great life cannot be ruined by mean & despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2018
Okay maybe “voice of reason” was a little inaccurate.
By the way, the “voters” that Trump is talking about are actually just the deplorables who show up to his sad little Hitler rallies.
That is not the case out here among the average American people.
A group representing 100,000 congregations and 45 million churchgoers across an array of Christian denominations in the U.S. has called for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be withdrawn.
The National Council of Churches statement said, “Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation.” The statement also alleged misstatements and “outright falsehoods” in his testimony.
A later addition to the statement, as reported by the Religious News Service, added a call for a full and “unhindered investigation into allegations of sexual assault.”
So much winning.
Update: There are anti-Kavanaugh protests cropping up all over Capitol Hill.
Supermicro stock is now down 55%
Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro are all denying the Bloomberg report, but the stock market appears to believe it pic.twitter.com/3LywzKtWmV
— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) October 4, 2018
This is the Hart Senate Building right now. pic.twitter.com/1hTQ7MazhP
— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) October 4, 2018
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 4, 2018
Methinks that if the Senate confirms Kavanaugh that the fight will have just begun.