The FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could end as early as Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller.
The White House initially opened the investigation not to exceed a one-week duration, so the earlier end date could signal the case has been easily decided, one way or another.
From The Wall Street Journal:
People familiar with the process said Tuesday that the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh could wrap up very soon, well ahead of the end-of week deadline.
GOP aides on the Hill and another person familiar with the process said they were expecting the bureau to conclude its report as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Agents had interviewed at least four key people as of Tuesday in its background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. The White House had given the bureau until Friday to wrap up the probe.
As the Daily Caller reports, FBI agents interviewed at least four individuals after multiple women accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and worse.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is expecting the FBI report “soon” which he will make available to Senate members.
The report, McConnell said, “will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it.” It is unclear if the report will eventually be made public. It is also unclear if there will be any public statement from the FBI, but Republican Senator John Cornyn is calling for one due to the publicity which surrounded the sexual assault allegations.
“[T]here does need to be some sort of public statement, if not the reports themselves,” Cornyn said, per the Daily Caller. He also said that “since the accusations have been made public, it seems to me that people are not going to be satisfied until some public statement about what the FBI supplemental background investigation showed is made.”
Senior leadership on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who asked President Trump to open the investigation, are skeptical that the FBI report will be made public. Via WSJ:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) said that in his 38 years on the Senate, “an FBI report, as far as I know, has never been made public” and that it could hurt the FBI in future investigations if the report was made public.
The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said “it depends” and she thinks a report it “should be limited” to the committee. She said in her past experience that is what has been done, but she was not clear on the format the FBI would release the results of its investigation.
.@SenFeinstein indicates that the FBI report on Kavanaugh should NOT be made public: “It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified this ought to be held very close and not.”
“I think the investigation ought to be closely held,” she reiterated.
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) October 2, 2018
The Daily Caller reports Kavanaugh’s initial accuser has been left out of the FBI investigation and was not one of the four people interviewed. This is a major point of contention for her lawyers:
The FBI might have to burn the midnight oil if it is to finish soon, though, as attorneys for the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, claim the FBI has not reached out to their client, TheWSJ noted in an earlier report Tuesday.
“We have repeatedly asked you to identify the Supervisory Special Agent responsible for this investigation, so that we could contact him or her directly. We have received no response,” Ford’s lawyers, Michael Bromwich and Debra Katz, wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Katz and Bromwich’s letter comes after reports show an attorney for another one of Kavanaugh’s accusers said he doesn’t believe the FBI followed up with the witnesses his client gave investigators during her Sunday interview.
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