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Coons: I’m concerned FBI didn’t interview Ford, many Kavanaugh classmates

Coons: I’m concerned FBI didn’t interview Ford, many Kavanaugh classmates
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Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Dele.) said Thursday he won't pre-judge the findings of an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but expressed concerns about how thorough the review was.

"Over the last couple of days, there’s been a fair amount of back and forth about what we asked for, what was promised and now today we’ll see what’s delivered," Coons said on CNN's "New Day."

Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who helped establish the supplementary FBI investigation, said he's bothered that the bureau did not speak  with Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last week that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a high school party in the 1980s.

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Several former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh have also said they unsuccessfully reached out to the FBI about sharing information. Deborah Ramirez has alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party at Yale in the 1980s. 

"I’m concerned that if they never interviewed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford or her corroborating witnesses, if they never interviewed many of Judge Kavanaugh's classmates from Yale who came forward to be heard about the alleged incident with Debbie Ramirez, that this isn’t the investigation I was hoping for," Coons said. "But I won’t pre-judge it. I haven’t sent the report yet."

Coons said he would have liked the FBI to have taken a week to follow "all investigatory leads on the credible allegations" against Kavanaugh.

In addition to Ford and Ramirez, Julie Swetnick alleged in a signed declaration that Kavanaugh was part of a group of high schoolers in the 1980s that she witnessed trying to intoxicate women so they could be "gang raped."

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied all of the allegations against him.

Senators on Thursday will get the chance to review the FBI's findings. The White House said Thursday that agents reached out to 10 people for the investigation, and were able to speak with nine of them.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) has set a key process vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday, meaning senators are likely to vote on the judge's confirmation by this weekend.