Grassley: Nothing New, Time to Vote; Trump: Nothing's Good Enough for Dems

By Susan Jones | October 4, 2018 | 10:40 AM EDT

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - There's "no hint of misconduct" in the FBI's seventh background investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Thursday.

"It's time to vote," Grassley said in a statement.

And as Grassley issued his statement -- speaking about the FBI report in general terms (see below) -- President Trump issued the following three tweets:

-- "This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh. If we made it 100, it would still not be good enough for the Obstructionist Democrats," Trump wrote.

-- "This is a very important time in our country. Due Process, Fairness and Common Sense are now on trial!"

-- "The harsh and unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is having an incredible upward impact on voters. The PEOPLE get it far better than the politicians. Most importantly, this great life cannot be ruined by mean & despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

As senators took turns viewing the single copy of the FBI report sent over by the White House, Grassley wrote, "There's in it that we didn’t already know."

Grassley's statement continued:

These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations. There’s also no contemporaneous evidence. This investigation found no hint of misconduct and the same is true of the six prior FBI background investigations conducted during Judge Kavanaugh’s 25 years of public service.

I trust that the career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their constitutional duty and make a judgment.

No one is on trial and the Senate is not a courtroom. But our nation’s tradition of fairness still applies. A presumption of innocence is how the American justice system works, and it should remain our guidepost in the Senate. Abandoning that principle would cut a sad path for the Senate as an institution.

Here is what we know: Judge Kavanaugh’s former clerks, colleagues and friends from high school to the present acclaim his personal integrity and character. His neighbors and community members recognize his positive contributions to their schools and churches. And his fellow members of the legal profession know him to be a thoughtful and respectful jurist. His judicial record shows that he is fair and rules impartially and without prejudice.

Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to ever come before the Senate. He’s served with distinction for twelve years on the nation’s most important circuit court and dedicated himself to serving the American public. We know that he will be an excellent justice because he’s been an excellent judge.

It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

The first vote, to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, is expected Friday, teeing up a Saturday confirmation vote.

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