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Flake votes for Kavanaugh,FBI probe: Darcy cartoon

September 30, 2018

Flake votes for Kavanaugh,FBI probe: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saturday evening President Trump refuted a report by NBC that he was restricting who the FBI interviewed in their reopened background check of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  

“NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people.  Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion, Please correct your reporting!” President Trump wrote in a tweet and said at a West Virginia rally.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said “The scope and duration has been set by Senate.  The White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do.”

Friday, President Trump quickly ordered a “Supplemental Investigation” to the FBI’s last background check of Brett Kavanaugh after the Senate Judiciary Committee formally requested it.

The Judiciary committees request was the result of negotiations between Senator Jeff Flake and his Senate friend, Democrat Senator Chris Coons.

It was a drama filled Friday for the Judiciary Committee as it met to vote to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination.  The drama included Flake being cornered in an elevator by angry  sexual assault victims who had already convicted Kavanaugh of rape, several Democrats walking out of the meeting, and Senator Feinstein being totally confused by the Flake/Coons deal and advancement vote.

Flake had announced prior to the meeting that he would be voting to advance Kavanaugh.  Coons’ effort to lobby Flake began with his speech to the committee in which he threw Flake and the Republicans a bone.  While Coons continued to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination and call for an FBI investigation, he also acknowledged that someone with a “partisan agenda” may have leaked Christine Blasey Ford’s name to the media.

Senator Feinstein and Rep Ann Eshoo, or their staffs, have been considered the prime sources of the leak because they are the only ones who had access to Ford’s letter making the accusation against Kavanaugh.

Feinstein confused in Judiciary Committee meeting.

Flake and Coons left their chairs and went into a side chamber and were soon joined by other Committee members off and on.   After some time, Flake emerged and announced  that he would be voting to advance Kavanaugh with a call to have the FBI probe reopened for a limited time and scope.   Flake also clearly said postponing the full Senate vote for an FBI probe would be up to the Senate leader.

When the committee began taking the vote to advance Kavanaugh, Feinstein initially thought they were voting on a Flake motion to call for an FBI probe.   Then when Kavanaugh’s nomination was advanced and the meeting was ended, Feinstein didn’t know what was going on.  She thought they were going to vote next on an amendment about Flake’s call for an FBI probe.    Chairman Grassley explained to Feinstein that was a “Gentlemen’s and Ladies Agreement” to request a FBI probe be opened for no more than a week.

Flake held all the cards.

While Flake said it was up to Sen McConnell to postpone the vote and ask Trump to reopen the FBI investigation, McConnell and Trump had no choice but to agree because Flake is one of the pivotal Republican votes along with Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

An FBI investigation that doesn’t result in damaging information on Kavanaugh will give Flake, Collins and Murkowski more cover to vote yes.

FBI investigation is not a full criminal investigation.

The FBI investigation is a supplement to its basic background check on Kavanaugh, six of which he has been through in his career working in the Bush administration and as a sitting Judge.

It will not be a full criminal investigation.  The FBI cannot compel anyone to speak with them.  The results of the FBI’s interviews will be presented to the Senate and the President without any recommendation from the FBI, and not made public. 

All four people Dr. Ford named as alleged witnesses have agreed to be interviewed by the FBI, including Mark Judge.

Deborah Ramirez has said she’s been contacted by the FBI.  Ramirez alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were students at Yale.

The FBI may also interview a third accuser Julie Swetnick.  Swetnick alleges Kavanaugh was at high school parties when women, including her, were intoxicated and drugged in order to be raped by “a train” of men.

None of the allegations, including Ford’s have been corroborated.    Ramirez claim was so unreliable The New York Times chose not to write her story.   Ramirez said she was intoxicated and that only after thinking about it, she was kinda sure it was Kavanaugh.   

If the FBI interviews Swetnick, they will also likely interview her ex boyfriend who got a restraining order against her for domestic violence threats against him, his current wife and their child.   He has gone on record saying she has no credibility and can’t be believed. 

Confirmation is not being rammed through:

Based on the timelines from the most recent Supreme Court nominations, the Kavanaugh confirmation is not being rammed through, as Democrats and pundits have claimed.   

The Kavanaugh confirmation process has now exceeded the time it took to confirm the last three U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

It should conclude as soon as the FBI results are reviewed with an immediate up or down vote.

If the FBI doesn’t turn up anything new, Kavanaugh will most likely be confirmed.  If not, Trump will withdraw his name and likely nominate someone even more conservative and anti-Roe v Wade than Kavanaugh.  He won that right when he won the election.

What’s certain, is that the Democrats will protest and obstruct, regardless of the results, because they’ve shown they believe in double standards and the presumption of guilt, not innocence.

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