Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley scolded some members of the press on Thursday for being biased against Republicans and their Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley said one incident in his office revealed that slant. He'd been visited by both pro- and anti-Kavanaugh protesters, but said in one case, a reporter refused to interview pro-Kavanaugh activists.

"One time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed," said Grassley, R-Iowa. "And they said, 'We're only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh.'"

"That’s a bias that none of you should be proud of," he added.

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Grassley delivered the biting riticism at a press conference to discuss a supplemental FBI background investigation report delivered early Thursday.

Republicans said there is nothing in the report to substantiate claims Kavanaugh committed sexual misconduct in two incidents dating back 35 years. Democrats disagree and believe the scope of the investigation was too narrow.

Grassley said he does not like the word “fake news” and said he considers the press “policemen for our system of government,” but he said the media could play a role in mending the deep divide caused by the opposing sides in the Kavanaugh nomination.

"This is almost rock bottom," Grassley said about Kavanaugh's grueling nomination process. "I would like to have the future mending things so we can do things in a collegial way that the United States Senate ought to do, and particularly when it comes to Supreme Court nominations."

"And you folks can have something to do with this," he added, singling out the press.

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