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Brett Kavanaugh ‘cleared’: FBI investigation given to White House

THE White House has found “no corroboration” of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Wall Street Journal reports officials have examined interview reports and received a briefing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest probe.

It has all but cleared Mr Kavanaugh and reaffirmed its confidence that he has no case to answer.

The newspaper cites sources close to the investigation who say the Trump Administration is preparing to send the FBI’s final report to a Senate Judiciary Committee today.

It follows explosive hearings from Mr Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.

media_cameraThe Trump Administration is preparing to send the FBI’s final report to a Senate Judiciary Committee today. Picture: AP

Dr Ford claims Mr Kavanaugh and a friend attempted to rape her at a high school party in the 1980s. He has denied the allegation, as has the White House, claiming there are numerous holes in her story.

Despite the reported conclusion by the White House, Senators conducting the confirmation hearing for Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination to the highest court in the country will still ultimately determine his future.

It is expected the committee will review the findings of the investigation on Thursday local time.

Despite the new FBI investigation, Democrats claim the White House imposed too many restrictions on its scope, which narrowed how thorough it could be.

Investigators did not interview Dr Ford — something her lawyers have claimed shows a lack of impartiality.

media_cameraAccording to reports, the White House’s review of the FBI investigation found “no corroboration” of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations. Picture: AFP
media_cameraWomen attend a rally and vigil in front of a Brooklyn court house calling to stop the nomination of Republican Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh. Picture: AFP

The allegations have ignited fury across the US, including protests from women’s groups and sexual assault survivor advocates.

They say Dr Ford has been attacked for coming forward and insist her account of events should be believed.

Division only grew when Donald Trump mocked the psychology professor’s testimony at a fiery rally in Mississippi earlier this week.

media_cameraPresident Donald Trump has stood by Brett Kavanaugh. Picture: AFP

The audience laughed as Mr Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Dr Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember,”’ Mr Trump said at the rally in Southaven. “How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”’

media_cameraThe Senate committee is expected to review the FBI’s investigation on Thursday local time. Picture: AP

Imitating Dr Ford, he added, “But I had one beer — that’s the only thing I remember.”

Dr Ford’s lawyer Michael Bromwich called Mr Trump’s attack “vicious, vile and soulless.”

“Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Mr Bromwich tweeted. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”

US President Donald Trump has sparked controversy after mocking the woman who accused his supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Mr Trump joked about ‘holes’ in Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony while speaking at a campaign rally in Mississippi.

US President mocks Kavanaugh accuser

A massive coalition of Christian churches, attended by 40 million people, have said they want Mr Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

The National Council of Churches said the conservative jurist has “disqualified himself”.

The group said in a statement that at last week’s dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he showed “extreme partisan bias,” demonstrating he lacks the temperament to join the high court.

Brett Kavanaugh faces sexual misconduct allegations ahead of the US Supreme Court nominations. University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward and testified against Kavanaugh for raping her in 1982.

Brett Kavanaugh: Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony shakes America

Originally published as White House clears Kavanaugh of allegations

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