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Friday, October 05, 2018

Well, Who Would Have Guessed?

Well, I guess that settles that:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement Thursday claiming the FBI’s report on SCOTUS justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh found “no hint of misconduct.”

Why do I think that was the instruction given to the FBI? Maybe because of this:

Grassley added that the report contained nothing that “we didn’t already know.”

And it looks as though at least one Democrat agrees with me:

The link in the first post from Joe.My.God. cited above does not lead to the CNN report, as it claims, but to this, which is another confirmation of what I expected:

Two key Republican senators who have been undecided on whether to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh described the FBI's findings of an investigation into President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a thorough report, contrasting with Democrats' objections that the inquiry was rushed and incomplete.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Thursday that the FBI probe into allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate sexual behavior against Kavanaugh seems to be "very thorough" and said she would read the findings in full later in the day.

"It appears to be a very thorough investigation," Collins, who has not yet indicated how she plans to vote on the nomination, told reporters in the Capitol.

Collins is among a handful of senators whose votes could decide the fate of the nomination. The Maine Republican -- along with Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota -- are under intense scrutiny for clues as to how they may vote on the nomination as Senate Republicans push for a final vote, which could happen as early as Saturday.

So they've got the cover they need to vote "yes". How nice for them.

How awful for the rest of us.

If anyone thought this "investigation" was going to produce anything substantive, or anything that in any way jeopardized Kavanaugh's confirmation, they've been living in an alternate reality.

And this in itself should disqualify him:

SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh took the unusual step of publishing a Wall Street Journal op-ed claiming he’s been a victim in the process.Wrote the candidate, who ran to the totally non-partisan FOX News for an interview when he felt his nomination was in trouble:

“As I explained that night, a good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no political party, litigant or policy. As Justice Kennedy has stated, judges do not make decisions to reach a preferred result. Judges make decisions because the law and the Constitution compel the result. Over the past 12 years, I have ruled sometimes for the prosecution and sometimes for criminal defendants, sometimes for workers and sometimes for businesses, sometimes for environmentalists and sometimes for coal miners. In each case, I have followed the law. I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences.”

Based on his record, horsepucky.

Footnote: Here's one take on why the "investigation" was a sham.

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