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‘No Reason’ to Think FBI Will ‘Uncover Anything’ New on Kavanaugh

Former Senate Judiciary Committee counsel predicts week-long delay on the final vote won't tank nomination

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It’s doubtful FBI investigators will unearth anything Senate Judiciary Committee investigators haven’t already found on Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual molestation allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (pictured above), lawyer Gregg Nunziata said Friday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“There’s no reason to think that the FBI is going to uncover anything that the committee investigators haven’t uncovered when they’ve already talked to all the people,” Nunziata, a former chief nominations counsel for the judiciary panel, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

“[FBI investigators] take statements from people who knew the nominee and try to see if there’s an allegation that should be investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the Senate Judiciary Committee has already heard these allegations, has already investigated them, have sworn statements that expose all these people to five years in prison if they’re lying,” Nunziata noted.

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Ford became the first woman who came forward to publicly claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, 36 years ago during a high school gathering in Maryland. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, had also come forward in the days following Ford’s September 16 accusation.

But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received Ford’s allegations in July, did nothing publicly with those charges until last week — just days before the committee was scheduled to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation.

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An emotional Ford and a passionate Kavanaugh — who has denied all of the allegations against him — testified Thursday before the committee. Both of their testimonies were widely viewed as “credible.”

Although the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is one of President Donald Trump’s harshest GOP critics, declared his support for Kavanaugh early Friday, he succumbed to pressure from his Democratic peers on the committee, who were calling for an FBI investigation.

Flake ultimately voted for moving the nomination to the full Senate on the condition that GOP leaders agree to a “limited in scope,” one-week delay for the FBI to conduct an investigation into the allegations. Kavanaugh has already undergone six FBI background investigations during his decades of public service.

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“Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!” Trump himself tweeted Friday evening.

“I would be very surprised if somehow the FBI uncovers something that we haven’t already found,” Nunziata said, adding, “We have another week, and we’ll see what happens.”

Nunziata predicted that the ultimate outcome “is going to be the same way it looked this morning, which is Judge Kavanaugh is going to get confirmed with 52 votes, just like [Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas.”

Anita Hill accused Thomas during his Senate confirmation process in 1991 of sexually harassing her.

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Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie told Ingraham that “it looks and it feels like” Flake “got bullied by some of these protesters, but also Senate Democrats bullied him” into caving into their demands for further delay.

“[Flake’s] decision has allowed Brett Kavanaugh and his family to be terrorized again for the next week. And it’s really — it’s counterproductive to our country, to the Supreme Court and to the process,” Bossie insisted. “They’ve thrown the rule book out the window, the Democrats, and I think they’re going to pay dearly for that in the long run.”

But Joel Rubin, a former deputy assistant secretary for House Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs during the Obama administration, welcomed the chance for an FBI investigation to take place.

“I have confidence in the FBI and in their ability to do background investigations. And clearly the votes weren’t there at this time for the judge,” Rubin said. “So there needs to be an investigation into the charges from Dr. Ford. She was a credible witness … and with credibility comes responsibility.”

“So let’s see what the FBI comes up with,” he said, suggesting that “this could be good for Republicans” at “the end of the day.”

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