Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Hopes rising, Republicans set vote on Kavanaugh as Democrats denounce report

Hopes rising, Republicans set vote on Kavanaugh as Democrats denounce report

USA senators, expected to vote Friday morning on the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, are still highly divided along partisan lines over the results of a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

With a Senate vote poised for as early as this weekend, thousands of people who had traveled from across the United States came to protest and in some cases to meet with their representatives, hoping to prevent Kavanaugh from taking a place on the highest bench in the land.

Republicans and Democrats remain bitterly divided on whether to approve Mr Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge.

While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him.

She's the California college professor who testified last week at a Senate hearing that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school when they were teenagers.

In his statement, Grassley said that "this investigation found no hint of misconduct and the same is true of the six prior FBI background investigations conducted during Judge Kavanaugh's 25 years of public service".

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

"This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump wrote.

A major procedural vote in the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49, is planned for Friday.

Comments by two of them - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about him.

The FBI report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night on Thursday, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses. According to Legistorm, a website that tracks lawmakers and Capitol Hill staffers, Cosko worked for Democratic Sen. So all we know is what we've heard from senators and people at the White House who have seen it or been briefed on it. Democrats must gain two Senate seats and 23 House seats to claim majorities in each chamber, enabling them to block Trump's agenda and investigate his administration.

Notably, some could vote yes - and also, no - on Kavanaugh-related questions under the Senate's always-interesting rules and traditions.

Kavanaugh, along with his allies, reportedly lobbied to bolster his defense ahead of a New Yorker report on September 23 that published allegations from Deborah Ramirez, who claimed the federal judge exposed himself to her at a university party while at Yale.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet. He said the president owed Ford an immediate apology.

On the hot seat, some senators have been using police escorts in recent days to shield them from protesters and the media. Both said they wanted the FBI investigation, and both denounced Trump's mockery of Ford this week in Mississippi.

Also quizzed was Leland Keyser, Ford's friend who she also said was present on the night of the alleged attack, but who has previously said in a sworn statement that she can not recall the party in question and has never met Kavanaugh.

That could back up the review into the first vote, on whether to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

"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".

Ford said she was 100 percent certain that Kavanaugh attacked her during a gathering of high school students in early 1980s, and Kavanaugh said he was also 100 percent certain that he never attacked anyone, calling the allegations "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

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