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FBI Doc Doesn’t Change Casey’s Mind About Kavanaugh

October 5, 2018

FBI Doc Doesn't Change Casey's Mind About Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday the supplemental FBI report on Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations didn’t change his mind about opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In keeping with Senate rules, Casey declined to talk about what the report says. He read it in the afternoon.

“It didn’t cause me to rethink my vote,” he said.

Based on the report and existing public record on Kavanaugh’s nomination, Casey said, “I don’t know if there’s a legal definition of incomplete investigation, but I think incomplete might be an understatement (in this case).”

“That could be due to time, that could be due to constraints that the (Trump) administration put on the FBI,” he said. “There’s no document that I’m aware of that says that, but ... they obviously wanted it to be expedited and that’s certainly one major constraint.”

Casey has opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination since even before President Donald Trump announced it. He views the choice of Kavanaugh from lists of suitable nominees compiled by two right-wing think tanks as “a corrupt bargain.”

“He’s an extreme right jurist,” Casey said.

Reading the report didn’t change Sen. Pat Toomey’s mind either. He still plans to vote yes.

In a statement, Toomey said the FBI thoroughly investigated credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Their report has no hint of misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh, and no corroboration of any of the allegations against him,” he said.

— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK

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