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What an FBI probe into sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh would look like and the political implications it could create




Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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The ball is now in Senate Republicans’ court. How will they proceed with the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

The Palo Alto college professor accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault says she won’t testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee unless an FBI investigation of her allegations occurs first. Christine Blasey Ford’s refusal leaves how to proceed to GOP leaders and President Trump. Given the President’s statements in support of Kavanaugh, it seems unlikely he’d request the FBI reopen the judge’s background check.

So will Judiciary Committee chair Charles Grassley call for a vote on Kavanaugh, despite the cloud over him?

Guests:

Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News; she tweets @spettypi

Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, a Virginia-based nonprofit that provides legal assistance to law enforcement professionals; former Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division at the FBI (2012-2014)

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush