The FBI’s background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was delivered to Capitol Hill early Thursday, where it drew conflicting assessments.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said from the Senate floor, “So none of these last-minute allegations have been corroborated, as is confirmed by the seventh and latest FBI investigation.” McConnell also pledged to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
On the other side of the aisle, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said, “The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it.”
The report on the dayslong investigation consists of FBI 302 forms that summarize the contents of the interviews, according to aides and senators.
The FBI’s report is not public and will likely never be made public. There also won’t be a summary or a release.
Who can see the FBI report? One hundred senators and 10 Judiciary Committee staffers are cleared to view the material.
There’s just one physical copy of the FBI’s findings, and it’s under lock and key at a sensitive compartmented information facility in the Capitol Visitor Center. Senators are barred from bringing their phones into the room when they review the documents. If a senator takes notes, he or she must leave them in the room. Senators cannot discuss or characterize in detail what they’ve read, either.
With one copy of the report, control of the room alternated between the GOP and Democrats in an effort to grant equal access to both sides to review it.
Before the report was formally sent to the Senate, lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford expressed criticism of what they view as an incomplete FBI investigation. The FBI did not submit a conclusion as to who’s telling the truth in the case, according to an NBC report. McConnell set a key procedural vote for Friday, which could lead to a full Senate vote as early as Saturday.