Two moderate Republican senators who are potential swing votes on Judge Brett Kavanaugh have expressed initial satisfaction with "a very thorough investigation" that found "no additional corroborating information," The Washington Post reported Thursday morning.
"It appears to be a very thorough investigation, but I'm going back later to personally read the interviews," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Post.
Neither Collins nor Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said how they might vote Friday on the Supreme Court Justice-nominee, deferring judgment until further review, but initial reports suggest a satisfaction with the supplementary FBI probe, the seventh background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh.
"We've seen no additional corroborating information," Sen. Flake told reporters, per the Post.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has read the confidential report and concluded it "found no hint of misconduct."
"There's nothing in it that we didn't already know," Grassley said. "This investigation found no hint of misconduct.
". . . It's time to vote."
Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and need 50 votes to put Kavanaugh's confirmation in the hands of Vice President Mike Pence. Flake told the Senate Judiciary he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation only after a supplemental FBI investigation, which leaves Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the remaining key votes if all other senators vote down the party line as has been anticipated.
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