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Durbin challenges Kavanaugh challenge to FBI investigation
Senator Durbin says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to urge to ask White House counsel Don McGahn, President Trump to suspend the nomination until an FBI investigation is completed.
Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh in a fiery exchange with Democratic sen. Dick Durbin’s call for an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by three women.
Durbin, as part of its interrogation of Kavanaugh Thursday, called for the Supreme Court nominees to request an FBI investigation of the allegations.
“I have a proposal for you. Now, turn to the left, in the front row, [White house Counsel] Don McGahn,” Durbin said. “To ask you to suspend him, that this hearing and the nomination process closes to the FBI, in its investigation of the allegations of Dr. Ford, and others.”
Kavanaugh, said in his opening statement that he was open to “any kind of investigation.”
“The Senate, the FBI, or else. The Committee has now a thorough investigation,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement. “I know, any kind of investigation, Senate, FBI, Montgomery County police, it is clear to me.”
In response to the Durbin’s proposal, though, Kavanaugh said: “I’m going to do what the Committee wants to do, because I’m telling the truth,” maintain, however, that the FBI, not the conclusions.
“I’m innocent said about this place,” Kavanaugh, adding that the Committee is responsible for coming to conclusions of the investigation.
Durbin fired again, challenging Kavanaugh.
“If it does not show any truth to their charges, the FBI is investigating that,” Durbin said.
Kavanaugh responded that he “tell the truth.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, interrupted the exchange, and said they would not do anything to the ear to break.
Later, Grassley tried to set the record straight on FBI background investigations.
“Each senator, the ‘ s, until this Problem could have asked for an investigation. The FBI collects data for the White house, said the Committee,” Grassley, adding that the FBI found out that it was “investigating a Federal crime.”
“If Senate Democrats, the FBI want to draw conclusions, I added to remind you of what Biden said Joe,” Grassley. Grassley cited a former Vice-President, Joe Biden, while Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony earlier Thursday.
During the confirmation process for judge Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill testimony, Biden, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The next person that refers to an FBI report should be seen as something of value to be apparently nothing. The FBI is not explicitly stated in this or any other case, to a result. Time,” Grassley Read. “You say he said, she said, and she said, time. So, when people wave you don’t do a FBI report, before you understand, you don’t do this, you do not to conclusions. You do not make any recommendations.”
A spokesman for Biden blasted Republicans for the inclusion of comments “out of context Biden is.”
“It is clearly an effort on the part of the White house and the Senate to take Republicans, from the context, then-Senator Biden for his statements about the role of the FBI in the court order to create a smokescreen for your refusal to have the FBI investigation into credible charges,” the spokesman said.
“Senator Biden made the comments in response to Senator Hatch tried to get a part of the FBI’s 1991 report on Clarence Thomas as a relieving. His point was that the FBI plays an investigative role in the nomination; they do not make recommendations,” Biden’s spokesman said. “This is the sole responsibility of the Senate — to advise and consent. Vice President Biden is of the opinion that the FBI have investigated, in this case, in advance of Dr. Blasey Ford the courageous testimony today, as well as in 1991.”
Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, the women accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct—have all called for an FBI investigation.
In a statement late Thursday released by the White house, in an effort to “set the record straight” on the FBI process, they discovered that it was “rate the task of the Senate, and to investigate the candidacy of the qualification of the decision on the consent to nomination.”
“The Committee is the standard method for complement-the background of the investigations, the conduct of telephone or in-person to discuss interviews with the relevant parties to the underlying problems,” read the White house statement. “In this case, a FBI investigation would not be an investigation about the facts surrounding a 36-year-old party.”
The statement added: “That would be outside of the FBI General jurisdiction. Instead, the FBI would receive the statements of the alleged participants, and pass these instructions to the White house and the Senate judiciary Committee.”
Alleged participants, according to the White house, have claimed statements on the matter to the Committee, Grassley acknowledged Thursday that the listing of the name of Ford, have been at the meeting where the alleged sexual assaults occurred.
“The FBI would not Kavanaugh to make a decision about the credibility of these statements, or the judge’s guilt or innocence in this matter,” the White house said.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.