Following the interminable delays brought about by Democrat smears and a contentious hearing on Thursday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was finally passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday … with one last-minute condition — there must be an additional, limited FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
That extra FBI probe is expected to add at least one more anxious week to the timeline before Kavanaugh receives a final confirmation vote. President Donald Trump, however, seemed confident all would work out eventually and Kavanaugh would ultimately become a “truly great” justice on the highest court in the land.
Trump tweeted, “Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!”
Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2018
Following Thursday’s hearing, in which both Kavanaugh and his accuser — Christine Blasey Ford — were provided the opportunity to deliver sworn testimony on their behalf, it seemed as though everything was set for Kavanaugh to proceed through the rest of the confirmation process over the next several days.
Then Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake — who’d announced Thursday night he’d vote “yes” on Kavanaugh — was harassed by liberal activists Friday morning and cornered by Democrat committee members in a small anteroom Friday afternoon, which resulted in him appearing to waver on his decision.
In the moments prior to committee chair Chuck Grassley calling a vote, Flake suggested he’d vote to confirm Kavanaugh only on the condition that the FBI launch a limited, one-week probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
This “compromise” allowed Grassley to call a quick vote and move Kavanaugh’s nomination from the committee to the full Senate floor — leaving Democrats confused about what had just transpired.
Within hours following that vote, the White House announced that the limited FBI investigation requested by the Senate had been ordered to commence.
7th FBI investigation
Kavanaugh has already undergone six FBI background checks over the past two decades, none of which turned up anything remotely resembling the 11th-hour allegations of sexual misconduct raised by Democrats and the media. It is highly likely this seventh probe will find a similar set of facts and Kavanaugh will be cleared of the allegations against him.
That likelihood, combined with Kavanaugh’s powerful and convincing defense of his own character and reputation on Thursday, may be the foundation for Trump’s apparent confidence.
President Trump had uncharacteristically exhibited great restraint in regard to the Kavanaugh saga over the past week, largely refraining from weighing in on the contentious matter until after Kavanaugh had testified.
It remains to be seen if the FBI uncovers anything about Kavanaugh they may have missed before — and it seems inevitable that Democrats and the media will come up with additional vague and uncorroborated allegations against him in the meantime — but Trump’s confidence that this process will ultimately play out in his favor is inspiring.