The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly:
When the FBI’s investigation was completed, McConnell announced that its results would not be made publicly available; the White House would loan the FBI report to Congress for just twenty-four hours, starting on October 4, and senators would have to view it in a special soundproof reading room in the Senate building known as a sensitive comparmented information facility, or SCIF.
To enter the SCIF, senators had to go past a guard through a set of heavy metal double doors requiring punched access codes. The viewing began at 8 a.m., with Grassley getting the first look, followed by Feinstein at 9 a.m. Then, at ten, Senate Judiciary Republicans were invited in, followed by the committee’s Democrats at eleven, and so on in alternating intervals. The legislators were not allowed to take notes on paper or to bring in any personal electronic devices. They were not provided copies. They could not bring in staffers. They could not relay any of the findings.