No ‘smok­ing gun’ in FBI re­port

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Sen­ate moved closer to con­firm­ing Brett Ka­vanaugh to the Supreme Court yes­ter­day af­ter Repub­li­cans said a new FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion found noth­ing to cor­rob­o­rate sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee.

As thou­sands of an­tika­vanaugh pro­tes­tors marched in the streets of Washington, Democrats as­sailed the lat­est FBI probe as “in­com­plete” and con­strained by a White House de­ter­mined to push through the life­time ap­point­ment of the con­ser­va­tive 53-year-old judge.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no hint of mis­con­duct,” Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Chuck Grass­ley of Iowa, the chair­man of the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, said in a state­ment. “There’s noth­ing in it that we didn’t al­ready know.”

Grass­ley said it was now time for the full Sen­ate to vote on Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion to the na­tion’s high­est court – an ap­point­ment that could shift the nine­mem­ber panel to the right for decades to come.

The Sen­ate, where Repub­li­cans hold a slim 51-49 ma­jor­ity, could vote as early to­mor­row and all eyes are on three key Repub­li­can sen­a­tors who could make or break the nom­i­na­tion: Jeff Flake of Ari­zona, Su­san Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter re­view­ing the FBI re­port, Collins said it “ap­pears to be a very thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

Flake, a vo­cal Trump critic, said the FBI re­port con­tained “no ad­di­tional cor­rob­o­rat­ing in­for­ma­tion.”

(BBC)

Pas­cal Du­vier worked as a body­guard for Kim Kar­dashian West.

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