Brett Kavanaugh filibuster vote set for Friday

Brett Kavanaugh filibuster vote set for Friday

Brett Kavanaugh filibuster vote set for Friday

The Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday it has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and lawmakers will review the document later in the day, ahead of a key procedural vote on Friday.

Senators delayed a vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could conduct a background investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

It's gotten so bad that earlier Wednesday Mr. McConnell took to the Senate floor to call the protesters bullies and vow not to let them sway the vote.

"FBI supplement requested Friday sept 28 by bipartisan group of senators w specific scope of current/credible allegations".

If approved, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, would be expected to tilt the ideological balance of the Supreme Court in favour of conservatives.

In an opinion piece for Slate, one of Kavanaugh's roommates at Yale, James Roche, said the judge "stood up under oath and lied about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook".

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and a simple majority is needed to advance his nomination.

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of releasing another letter attacking another Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick.

President Donald Trump ordered this new investigation last week in relation to claims from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

There are plenty of Trump nominations for the coming weeks, however.

On Tuesday, Mr Flake said he was "very troubled" by the tenor of Judge Kavanaugh's "partisan" testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. That means that if all Democrats vote against confirming Mr Kavanaugh, Republicans can only afford one defection - since in a tie, Vice-President Mike Pence would get the casting vote. "I don't know", he said.

"A man's life is in tatters", he said.

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile set in motion a process created to lead to a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, that would possibly lead to a final vote as early as the following day.

Grassley and Feinstein have agreed to giving members equal access to the report, he said.

Collins and Murkowski are two moderate members of the Republican caucus, both of whom support abortion rights and have been under pressure to oppose Kavanaugh since he was nominated.

"I just got this text does anyone know what it means?"

On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters. I don't remember. Where is the place?

Imitating Dr Ford, he added, "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember". I don't know. I don't know.

"While we are limited in what we can say about this background investigation in a public setting, we are compelled to state for the record that there is information [in the tweet] that is not accurate", the Democrats wrote in their letter, without providing details. "'I don't remember,"' Trump said at the rally in Southaven.

Agents spoke with Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted. She did not answer a question about whether the comments could affect how she votes on Kavanaugh.

GOP lawmakers expressed concern that Trump's comments could make it harder to win over wavering colleagues whose votes will likely prove pivotal to Kavanaugh's chances.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh.

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