US Senate to vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Eloise Marshall
October 5, 2018

The FBI's report will be available at a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in the Capitol Visitor Center, a secure room designed for senators to review sensitive or classified material, two Senate officials said.

Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court is facing allegations he sexually assaulted Dr Christine Blasey Ford at a house party when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh has not yet locked up the votes needed.

See, now that the FBI has concluded its supplemental background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, Democratic senators who were already opposed say that they're not satisfied with it.

Kavanaugh, in a fiery response which critics branded partisan, rejected the allegations and further misconduct claims against him from two other women.

The US Senate on Thursday stepped closer to a weekend confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh but angry protesters converged on Capitol Hill demanding his withdrawal over sex assault allegations.

Another undecided Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, remained undecided on Thursday afternoon. The encounter weighed on him, said Flake, who later forced Republicans to delay voting on Kavanaugh while the FBI conducts another background investigation.

The FBI's report on its Brett Kavanaugh investigation is the hottest document in Washington, but there's only a single copy for 100 senators to share.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Mr Kavanaugh had the necessary support.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh called himself an "independent, impartial judge" in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, defending his controversial testimony last week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He said the investigation was thorough, and for the witnesses interviewed "it's a cross between an endoscopy and a colonoscopy".

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Much of the focus Thursday will be on the reactions of three Republicans whose votes are considered key to Kavanaugh's fate: Flake, Collins and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

"I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes".

The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land". If that succeeds, a final roll call was expected on Saturday.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

With a razor-thin majority in the upper chamber, Senate Republicans can afford to lose only one GOP vote if all Democrats vote against the nomination. Sen.

Barring leaks, it was unclear how much of the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, if any, would be made public.

The bad news for Republicans: Recent polls show that a majority of women do not think Kavanaugh should be confirmed.

Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters".

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally.

As Trump took the stage, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Kavanaugh in which he sought to assuage the concerns of senators - and many Americans - who anxious that his partisan-infused testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a week ago suggested that he might not be impartial from the bench.

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