Kaine: FBI's Kavanaugh investigation 'a complete sham'

Kaine: FBI's Kavanaugh investigation 'a complete sham'
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence MORE (D-Va.) became the latest Senate Democrat on Thursday to criticize the FBI's investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the investigation a "complete sham."

"This so-called 'investigation' is a complete sham," Kaine wrote in a tweet.

Kaine argued that the FBI should have investigated for a longer period and called it an "insult to Americans" that the bureau's report isn't being made public.

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Only one copy of the report is being made available for senators to review, he noted, with lawmakers reading it in the secure compartmented information facility in the Capitol Visitor Center.

"Why not do a real investigation? Why limit Senate access to the report? Why limit public access to it? There can only be one of two answers: the Republican majority doesn’t care about allegations of sexual assault, or they’re worried of what a true investigation would uncover," Kaine wrote in subsequent tweets.

The FBI opened a days-long supplemental background check investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, though Democrats have argued that the FBI didn't follow up on leads or interview enough witnesses.

Earlier Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Ocasio-Cortez's 2nd grade teacher tells her 'you've got this' ahead of DNC speech New poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (D-Calif.) slammed what they called an incomplete report.

"We had many fears that this was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting the facts. ... Those fears have been realized," Schumer said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday that the report doesn't show corroboration for the accusations made against Kavanaugh.

Three women — Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick — have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct stemming from his days in high school and college in the 1980s, allegations he has denied.

At least two GOP senators who are key swing votes on his nomination — Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSusan Collins asks postmaster general to address delays of 'critically needed mail' Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will 'lose their elections' MORE (Maine) — expressed satisfaction with the FBI investigation on Thursday, saying it appeared to be thorough.