Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told reporters Thursday that there was “no new corroborative information” in the FBI report on sexual allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“I think Susan Collins was quoted saying it was very thorough but no new corroborative information came out of it,” he said. “That’s accurate.”
“I wanted this pause, we’ve had this pause,” he added. “We’ve had the professionals, the FBI, determine — given the scope that we gave them, current credible allegations — to go and do their review which they’ve done.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), commented Thursday that “It appears to be a very thorough investigation but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews.”
Collins and Flake are both key votes for Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Other key moderates are Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture to end the debate on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. This means that a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination will take place in the next couple of days as senators finish reviewing the FBI report.
The FBI has been investigating allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Judge Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to rape her when he was drunk at a high school party.
Judge Kavanaugh and Ford both gave emotional testimonies last week regarding her allegations. Kavanaugh fully denies the allegations.