WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSLA) - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., is certain that sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh aren’t true – an opinion he says is reinforced by the FBI report on its investigation into the accusations.
“He just didn’t do it,” said Kennedy confidently in phone interview after reviewing the findings on Thursday. “I think any fair-minded person that read the report would reach the same conclusion,” he added.
The FBI reopened their background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee last week. Some moderate senators – whose votes are key in confirming the judge – called for the additional investigation last week after hearing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.
There are no plans to make the report public, and senators cannot discuss details of the FBI findings. Kennedy wishes that wasn’t the case.
“FBI background investigations are not generally made public," says Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I wish this one could be. I think people have the right to know and I trust the judgement of the American people to draw their own conclusions."
He says the findings are thorough and provide no corroborating evidence of Dr. Ford’s claims or accusations by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party.
Senators on the other side of the aisle, however, are questioning the thoroughness of the investigation.
“The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. “It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited,” she demurred during a news conference.
One thing both sides can agree on is how divisive and partisan this process has become.
“This is the first time I’ve really seen the dark side of this place,” says Kennedy. “It’s not pretty.”
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Saturday.
Kennedy, who has supported Kavanaugh throughout the process, says he will vote to promote the judge to the Supreme Court.