Special Edition: The Kavanugh Hearings

The Story

Senators are reading the FBI report on Brett Kavanaugh any minute now.

Yes, I've been hearing about this. A lot.

Then you know the basics: CA professor Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh sexual assaulted her in the '80s. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. Last week, both Ford and Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee voted to move his confirmation process along. But first Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said 'put the FBI on the case' before the full Senate votes.

So, what happened?

The FBI already did a background check on Kavanaugh to clear him for the nom process. Now, it's updating its files. The new report includes interviews with people in Ford and Kavanaugh's lives from back in the day who may have more info on what happened (think: "PJ" and "Squi"). The FBI also interviewed Deborah Ramirez – the second woman to come forward with a sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh.

Who wasn't interviewed?

Ford, Kavanaugh, and apparently more than 40 others.

So what kind of investigation is this then?

Not a criminal one. The report includes summaries of the bureau's interviews. There's no conclusion on whether it thinks the allegations are accurate.

Where's the report?

The White House already looked at it and said 'no problems here.'Lawmakers plan to start reading it early today. Just one copy will be available and the two parties will take turns in alternating one-hour shifts.

Then what?

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to put a vote on the books ASAP. He set the stage for a procedural vote tomorrow, and for a possible full Senate vote on the confirmation the next day.

How's that expected to go?

Unclear. If all Dems vote 'nay,' then Kavanaugh can only afford to lose one Republican vote. Here's who to watch out for.

Final thought

The White House has made it clear that it's unfazed by the report. The future of the Supreme Court is in the hands of 100 men and women elected to the Senate. So yes, your vote matters.

via the Skimm.

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