A growing list of Republican senators are calling for the findings of an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be made public following their release.
GOP Senate leaders expect the FBI to provide its supplementary background report as early as Wednesday, allowing them to vote on the nominee Friday or Saturday.
Under its original one-week timeline, the bureau has until Friday to finish its investigation. But Republicans had hoped the FBI would finish its investigation early, allowing them to vote on Kavanaugh by the week’s end. Senators expect the bureau to hand over notes and transcripts for review ahead of their vote.
“We’ll get an FBI report soon. It will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “That’s the way these reports are always handled.”
But some senators have argued that, unless the report is made public, the FBI’s work could be selectively leaked and spun by both sides.
Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Wednesday that McConnell should see to it that the FBI report’s findings, or at least a summary, are made public.
“I hope the FBI report is made public. Normally it’s not,” Kennedy said, according to Reuters.
“This is a supplemental background investigation,” Tillis said in statement obtained by The Washington Post. “We should explain to people what that means. They don’t draw conclusions; they gather information. It’s left up to us to draw conclusions.”
“I’m afraid if somehow or another we don’t make [the report] public both sides will be very selective with what they share with y’all,” he told reporters.
“I think that if you did anything different than it’s been done in all the years I’ve been in the Senate, you might actually hurt the FBI getting the information they want,” Grassley said in a statement obtained by The Post.
“I’ve been reading FBI reports for 38 years. None of them have ever been made public,” he said.