Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend

Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend

Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced that the Senate will proceeded with a preliminary vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote today and a final vote tomorrow on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.

Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Democrats contend that the Kavanaugh nomination and sexual misconduct allegations have motivated women and independents in contentious House races, many of which are in suburban and swing districts where Trump already was less popular.

The letter also says Kavanaugh gave "intemperate, inflammatory" responses and was "discourteous" to senators.

Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Prof Blasey 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.

The National Council of Churches said in a statement that he had shown "extreme partisan bias" during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and lacked the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge.

The FBI probe, triggered after Mr Kavanaugh and Prof Ford delivered emotional testimonies on Capitol Hill last week, reportedly talked to nine people, including Ms Ramirez. He says he was, quote, "subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations" and that he, quote, "might have been too emotional at times" during his Senate hearing.

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Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have also yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh. A day after the hearing, Mr Trump had called Ms Blasey Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony.

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Given that Republicans have a razor-thin 51-49 margin of control in the Senate, the party can potentially only afford one defection if it wants the confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Those senators - Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Republican Susan Collins - have kept their options open throughout the nomination process, but there were outward indications that at least some of them will ultimately support Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyers called the investigation a "stain on the process" because the FBI "declined to interview" friends and others who could have backed her up.

"It's too late for this, Judge Kavanaugh", Democratic Sen. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke".

Federal agents are also said to have spoken to four other witnesses involving a separate accusation by Deborah Ramirez, who claims the nominee exposed himself to her when they were both were at Yale University.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, later told reporters that "the most notable part of this report is what's not in it".

None of the three undecided Republicans would say if they had made their minds up one way or another.

That teacher, Christine Blasey Ford, said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to rape her when they were teenagers attending a party in suburban Washington in the early 1980s. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh.

Would you like to get published on Standard Media websites? Both said they wanted the FBI investigation, and both denounced Trump's mockery of Ford this week in Mississippi. When Ford's allegations first became public, for instance, Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News with his wife, in a move that made him look like an under fire political candidate. The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women.

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