As Americans from all walks of life await the FBI report on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, has indicated that the results of the FBI’s inquiry likely won’t see the light of day from a public perspective.
While the report will be viewable to all 100 Senators in a secure setting, prior to any final vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, Grassley said that it likely will not be released to the public. This lack of transparency is clearly not going to sit well with Democrats who hope that the FBI’s findings will provide Americans with more information regarding the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.
By not making the report of the FBI’s findings public, Republican Senators will not have to face as much blowback from the public should the report indicate a high likelihood that the accusations against Kavanaugh are credible. With that said, with 49 Democrats in the Senate, all of whom will have access to the report, it’s fairly likely that the FBI’s findings will eventually leak out to the public, especially if it’s damning to Kavanaugh.
Senate Republicans have indicated that a final vote will take place later this week. And with the FBI given until Friday to complete their report, this means that the vote will likely come to the floor within hours of the Senate receiving and reviewing the report.