Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a potential swing vote in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, said Republican senators prevented him from reading the only copy of the full FBI report on the sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“Undecided Dem Sen Manchin tells reporters he has been ‘thrown out’ of the room where he’d been reading the only copy of the FBI report because it was the ‘Republicans’ turn’ to read it,” tweeted McClatchy reporter Emma Dumain. “He says he has to come back tomorrow to finish, then will make a decision on Kavanaugh.”
Undecided Dem Sen Manchin tells reporters he has been "thrown out" of the room where he'd been reading the only copy of the FBI report because it was the "Republicans' turn" to read it. He says he has to come back tomorrow to finish, then will make a decision on Kavanaugh.
— Emma Dumain (@Emma_Dumain) October 4, 2018
Manchin and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have each not publicly stated how they intend to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate and can only afford one defection if Democrats unanimously vote against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Thursday that she had limited time with the report as senators are cycled in and out of the Senate SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) to review its content.
“I had the opportunity to read some but not all of it,” she said. “It looks to be the product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House.”
She called the report a “product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House.”
“The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it. The FBI did not interview Brett Kavnauagh, nor did the FBI interview Dr. Blasey Ford,” said Feinstein, ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Deborah Ramirez’s lawyer said he was unaware of any corroborating witnesses who were interviewed.”