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

05 October, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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'There were four of us in a corner, ' Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee told Bloomberg News, reading sections of the report while other senators listened to the report being read in full by staffers with the proper security clearances.

Responding to criticism from the other side of the aisle, Trump tweeted on Thursday that "this is now the seventh time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh".

To guard the sensitive information, the FBI's report is expected to be held in a secure room normally reserved only for classified matters. Frustrated that the bureau hasn't helped them bring down a nomination they otherwise oppose, Democrats have pivoted to attacking the FBI - specifically, claiming that the inquiry was curtailed to prejudice the outcome by limiting the pool of interviewees.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", Senator Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday.

The Senate is all set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation this Saturday, with no further delay.

"The most notable part of this report is what's not in it", said Sen.

Earlier, Senator Jeff Flake, one of the publicly undecided Republicans, told reporters "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against the 53-year-old conservative jurist and said the investigation had been comprehensive.

The party, however, needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate for its judicial nomination to be approved.

Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe.

When asked whether there was anything in the FBI supplemental background investigation that proves allegations against Kavanaugh, the Republican senator said there is "absolutely no corroboration".

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The report had become the central focus of the debate over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats hoping it would corroborate allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, two women who say the judge groped or exposed himself to them during those parties.

That newfound enthusiasm, which Republicans strategists say they are seeing around the country, could bolster Republicans in close Senate battles in Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia - all states carried by Trump in 2016. Republicans did not want to pursue whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his alcohol use in high school and college.

"The president, the White House are firmly behind Brett Kavanaugh", Shah said during an appearance Thursday morning on CNN.

In a linked development, more than 1,700 law professors signed a letter in the "New York Times" saying Mr Kavanaugh should not be confirmed because of the nature of his testimony last week.

The president, who days ago said Ford's testimony was "very credible", ridiculed her memory to cheers from the audience. I don't remember. Where was the place?

"White House Denies Trump Was Mocking Kavanaugh Accuser After Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser".

Neither has said how she will vote. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME or Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was "still reviewing" her decision. Some lawmakers said they'd not been able to schedule time in the room until Friday. "But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

"It appears to be a very thorough investigation, but I'm going back later to personally read the interviews", Collins said.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who also has yet to declare her stand on the nomination, was also critical of Trump.



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