4. What the Senate will do upon receiving the FBI report
Nunziata noted that "this is not an ad hoc process that was invented for this nomination."
"This is standard operating procedure for the Senate, for the hundreds of nominations it considers to the judiciary and the executive branch."
"The Senate receives this FBI report from the administration, is handled under strict conditions of confidentiality, literally kept in a safe that fewer than half a dozen staffers have access to, staffers with security clearances that treat the information as though it were highly classified. A Republican and Democrat staffer both review these files routinely and flag them to see if there is any information in that [report] that troubles the Senate, and that the senators reflect on before moving forward on a nomination."
Should a staffer feel as though there is a "gap" in the file he or she can investigate it on his or her own or request that the FBI conduct a supplemental review, he said. In this case, such a follow-up, he added, is not re-opening the hundreds of interviews from his original background check but a targeted matter specific to the issue in question.