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Brett Kavanaugh closer to US Supreme Court confirmation after Senate vote

06 October 2018

Kavanaugh's behavior during the hearing, such as calling the accusations an "orchestrated political hit" and interrupting senators questioning him, fell short of what is required of those who serve on the Supreme Court, the letter asserts.

Some protesters, many dressed in black, crowded into the Hart Senate Office Building after rallying in front of the Supreme Court on a sunny, warm autumn day. "I believe Brett Kavanaugh's a good man". "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know".

The national lawyers' organization told the Senate Judiciary Committee that its team of internal reviewers "does not expect to complete a process and revote" before the anticipated final confirmation vote Saturday.

The American Bar Association is rethinking its conclusion that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "well qualified", according to news site Axios.

Speaking to reporters after reviewing the FBI report, Collins said it "appears to be a very thorough investigation".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen.

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Judge wrote that while he and Kavanaugh were friends in high school, they have not "spoken directly in several years". But then Ford was followed by Kavanaugh, who was just as adamant in denying the allegations against him.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said he wished everyone could read the report.

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". "Those fears have been realized".

His nomination was left teetering on the edge after university psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in harrowing testimony last week that he tried to rape her when they were high school students.

Judge Kavanaugh denied the claim - and allegations that he drank to the point of memory loss at the time - in a feisty confrontation with senators.

They said they're furious that President Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford's emotional testimony. "It's time", a GOP official told CNN prior to the vote.

If Senators vote along the same lines- and it is no means certain Collins and Flake will; they've indicated they are only voting yes to advance the matter procedurally- then Kavanaugh will be confirmed 51-49.

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"There was absolutely no corroboration of (Ramirez's or Ford's) allegations", Kennedy said.

President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for pushing Kavanaugh past a key procedural hurdle.

"Thank you to Senator Susan Collins for her steadfast, thorough review of Judge Kavanaugh's impeccable record of public service and looking past the eleventh hour, partisan, unsafe and divisive antics of Democrats and paid liberal protesters", Matt Walter, the group's executive director, said in a statement. Democrats also will campaign on the issue, accusing Republicans of rushing the confirmation without allowing the FBI to conduct a broader investigation.

Ford testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing that when she was 15, a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth after she screamed.

More than 100 women flew from Alaska to Washington, D.C. with the ACLU this week to lobby Murkowski in person, demanding that she listen to sexual assault survivors and vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh's freshman-year roommate at Yale University, James Roche, told ABC News he was concerned the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't contacted him about his view that Kavanaugh lied under oath about his drinking habits in college. At the moment, Democrat campaigners are focused on the three senators they think may waiver when the final votes are cast - Sen.

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Brett Kavanaugh closer to US Supreme Court confirmation after Senate vote