Doug Jones admits no corroboration in FBI report, still a ‘no’ vote
In an interview with CNN Friday morning, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) admitted there was no corroboration found in the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, Alabama’s junior senator is a “no” vote on the Supreme Court nominee regardless.
“Well, I don’t think there was a lot that would corroborate it,” Jones said of the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
Jones then seemed to move the goal posts on what could even be considered corroboration, saying, “I saw some things, that I think from a circumstantial evidence standpoint, that you might could consider that.”
“The problem is that people are looking for corroboration and no one has decided to go beyond that. I think this was very, it was disappointing for me to read, because it was obvious that it was restricted in the manner and means in which they were allowed to do it and they weren’t really allowed to follow leads that could possibly have come up with some measure of corroboration,” he added, referring to the FBI.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. CT Friday, Jones voted to continue dragging out the confirmation process. However, he was on the losing side of that 51 -49 cloture vote, which means that Kavanaugh will likely face his final, up-or-down vote sometime Saturday evening.
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to this final vote and has supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation consistently.
“It was obvious that it was restricted,” says @SenDougJones of the FBI’s Kavanaugh report, which was “disappointing” to read: “They weren’t really allowed to follow leads that could possibly have come up with some measure of corroboration” of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation pic.twitter.com/hQd3ZkMIe3
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Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn