Senators on Capital Hill starting reviewing the FBI’s findings from its investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh this morning, ahead of Saturday’s vote on potentially nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senator Susan Collins and Senator Jeff Flake, the two key GOP swing votes on Kavanaugh’s nomination, were among the first Senators to review the report and have issued statements on the report.
Collins is saying that she thinks the report was “very thorough,” but that she still needs to go back and review it. Senators are only being given 1 hour at a time to review the report, in an effort to keep it confidential. “It appears to be a very thorough investigation,” she told reporters.
Sen. Collins says "it appears to be a very thorough investigation." She plans to go back and read the full report later
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 4, 2018
Flake, credited with getting the FBI investigation started in the first place, echoed Collins after reviewing the report, “I think Susan Collins was quoted saying it was very thorough but no new corroborative information came out of it. That’s accurate.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein spoke with reporters after they reviewed the FBI’s report, and revealed that it is only about 50 pages and is mainly just interviews or statements from a mere 10 people. “We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting the facts. …Those fears have been realized,” Schumer told reporters.
I can tell you from experience with 100% certainty, that no large organization like the FBI, can ever really get anything done in less than a week. That’s just not how any large organization works, as I’m sure any of you who have worked for one knows. There is a reason why real FBI investigations take longer than 4 days.
Flake and Collins would appear at this time, to be leaning towards “Yes” votes on Kavanaugh. There is simply no way the report is as “thorough” as they say, after mere days of investigation. They were simply looking for an excuse to vote “yes” and this is what they are going to use.