Passion, chaos as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Passion, chaos as Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Friday's vote is a procedural one to end the debate, and some fence-sitting senators could conceivably vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination but still hold out their support ahead of a final confirmation roll call over the weekend.

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. But, he said in a press release, "If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh was testifying against multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including gang rape.

Most Democrats opposed Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh from the outset.

Carolyn Heyman, a 41-year-old attorney from Alaska, said she had traveled to Washington with a group of friends to attend the protest and meet with their senator, Lisa Murkowski, a centrist Republican who said Trump's decision to mock Blasey Ford at a rally was "unacceptable". Senate Democrats say the investigation is incomplete.

As the U.S. Senate is expected to make its vote on Brett Kavanaugh, the judge spoke out for the first time following last week's hearing.

Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh's third named accuser who said she witnessed him behaving inappropriately toward girls at high school parties, was not interviewed.

"We regret that we feel compelled to write to you, our Senators, to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on September 27, Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land". 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.

Judge Kavanaugh can only be confirmed to the Supreme Court after a vote in the Senate, which Republicans control with a slim majority of just two.

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Recent polls show a majority of women think the Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh. President Trump's comments were met with laughter and applause from the crowd.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning.

"Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America", McConnell said on Capitol Hill on Thursday talking about Kavanaugh, while blasting Democrats.

A second Democrat who had been seen as a doubt, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, yesterday announced that she would be voting against Mr Kavanaugh's appointment. But The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that Leland Keyser was being pressured by "allies" of Dr. Ford to change her statement on the allegation against Kavanaugh.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told reporters. Police have stepped up their presence in Capitol hallways, in some cases blocking news reporters and the public from approaching lawmakers. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. It will rotate throughout the rest of the day Thursday and potentially into Friday, with staff members simultaneously briefing senators. Judge has said he did not recall the events described by Ford and that he never saw Kavanaugh act in the manner that she describes.

It was not clear why the 10th was not interviewed.

Keyser told the investigators that she was - as the Journal notes - urged to clarify her statement by Monica McLean, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and friend of Ford's, the paper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, said a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.

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