Kavanaugh's confirmation looking likely after Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Brittany Mendoza
October 5, 2018

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

"I've learned nothing I didn't already know", said Sen. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad.

If the procedural vote passes, the Senate could move to a final vote as early as Saturday, one month before the November 6 midterm elections.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking". And when Wray was serving in the deputy attorney general's office under President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh was a deputy White House counsel. "That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me", Kavanaugh wrote. His op-ed on Thursday night was slightly reminiscent of a presidential candidate who campaigns nearly into election day to sway wavering voters.

Judge Kavanaugh, meanwhile, expressed regret for his angry testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a week ago.

A senior Senate Republican aide said there was growing confidence that Republican Senators Susan Collins and Flake and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin - all swing votes - would support Kavanaugh.

They must examine their consciences and loyalties, their legacies or hoped-for political futures and decide whether the allegations of sexual assault should disqualify him from spending the rest of his life on the high court - no matter what it means for them.

Even without locking in support, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell pushed ahead with trying to move Trump's nominee forward in what would be an election year win for his party. Jeff Flake, Maine Sen.

Should Republicans get the majority of votes they need - and vice president Mike Pence is available to cast the tiebreaker, if necessary - that would set up a decisive roll call on his confirmation, probably over the weekend.

Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators.

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The court has the final say on some of the most contentious issues in the USA, including abortion and gun control. Those who signed the letter said Kavanaugh was "repeatedly aggressive" in his remarks, was "discourteous to senators" and "exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry".

Eleventh-hour pressure campaigns were mounted by constituents in the offices of Collins and Murkowski, where they urged the senators to oppose Kavanaugh.

Still, North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced she was a "no".

Senators had one day to review a confidential supplemental background check into Kavanaugh's behavior in the early-to-mid 1980s when he was in high school and college.

"And that's really what I'm saying".

"We saw a man who was under some pressure, I'm not disputing that, but the way he behaved was not the kind of temperament we expect from our judges", said Don Smith, an associate professor of law the University of Denver. A vote against the judge, Sen.

President Donald Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct, wrote on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that the allegations against Kavanaugh were "totally uncorroborated".

Thousands of mainly female demonstrators marched on Thursday through the nation's capital, starting at the appeals court where Judge Kavanaugh now presides.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and outcome.

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