Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip and a member of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters Tuesday that he was “hopeful” that the Senate would release some kind of “summary” or “statement” informing the public about the results of a FBI follow-up investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I think it’s important that the results in some form be shared with the public,” Cornyn said, adding that the “usual process” had been turned “on its head.”
FBI reports on its background checks into nominees typically are confidential. The Judiciary Committee had a closed hearing to review the previous background checks into Kavanaugh after the initial public hearings for him last month.
GOP leadership is reportedly hopeful that the FBI will finish its investigation by Wednesday — it has been given a Friday deadline — to set up the process for the Senate to begin its floor votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation this week.
Cornyn told reporters he didn’t know how long the investigation was going to take. “The sooner the better for me,” he said.