WASHINGTON — A White House spokesperson said Thursday that the West Wing is “totally confident” that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed now that the FBI has issued its report.
“This is the last addition to the most comprehensive review of a Supreme Court nominee in history, which includes extensive hearings, multiple committee interviews, over 1,200 questions for the record and over a half million pages of documents,” said Raj Shah, who has been spearheading the administration’s communications strategy on Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was delayed on Friday after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a potential swing vote, pressed for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee prior to a final vote.
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior.
The FBI’s report was provided to the Senate early this morning, but is not expected to be formally released to the public.
The confirmation process moved Wednesday night after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a motion to end debate on the nominee, setting up a procedural vote Friday followed by a final on Saturday.
Senate Democrats are expected to address the report late Thursday morning.
They will likely air concerns with the FBI’s investigation, which did not include an interview with California-based professor Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last Thursday that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teens. Kavanaugh also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the same day, and vehemently denied Ford’s allegation.
The FBI reportedly did interview Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party at Yale.