“It’s wrong that political influence and artificial deadlines . . . prevented the FBI from performing the complete and thorough investigation the American people deserve,” Brown said, adding he blamed the White House, not the FBI.
The FBI contacted 10 people and interviewed nine of them, including three people Ford said were at the party. According to many Republican senators, none of those interviewed corroborated her accusation.
But Brown said the reason the investigation did not corroborate Ford’s charges is “because of what political leadership” in the White House and Senate did “to prevent the FBI from doing its job. That’s what that was a scam.”
In addition, Brown said Kavanaugh’s “rulings and positions on the rights of Ohio workers and women and consumers would take us in exactly the wrong direction. His nomination comes when the stakes for working Ohioans couldn’t be higher.”
Portman said in a statement “it’s going to take time for the Senate and the country to heal from this ugly ordeal.”
“But for now, let me make a modest suggestion,” Portman said. “Let’s take a step back from the brink and lower the rhetoric. Let’s treat disagreements like disagreements, not as proof that our opponents are bad people. Let’s hold up quiet cooperation, as we saw this week with the opioid legislation instead of loud confrontation.”
Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci predicted Kavanaugh "will make an excellent" justice.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, said Kavanaugh's confirmation "will do lasting damage to the integrity" of the Supreme Court.