Senators To Review New FBI Material On Brett Kavanaugh


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".

"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 effect.

Kavanaugh's nomination by US President Donald Trump to the lifetime role on the highest court in the US has unleashed a confrontational and fiery debate on his qualifications and character after university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both in high school in the early 1980s. During her testimony in front of the committee, she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.

Under new rules approved past year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

The National Council of Churches said in a statement that he had shown "extreme partisan bias" during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and lacked the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge.

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In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh said he "might have been too emotional at times" in his testimony.

"I was there as a son, husband and dad", he wrote.

"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us", he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Democrats complained that the investigation was shoddy, omitting interviews with numerous potential witnesses, and accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway.

A week after a televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford transfixed the nation, the Capitol campus remained a stew of tension as the election-season cliff-hanger neared its conclusion.

Schumer, D-N.Y., who appeared beside her at a news conference, blamed the White House for the limited scope of the latest probe. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of IL told reporters Thursday that time slots for reading the Federal Bureau of Investigation file are so full that senators are being told they might have to wait until Friday to read it.

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Another on-the-fence Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, reportedly met sexual assault survivors in her office on Thursday.

Ford, who testified before the judiciary committee in Washington on September 27, alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were high school students.

No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

However, lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, said that she had not been contacted by the agency.

Schumer said he disagreed with Grassley's assessment that there is "no hint of misconduct" but declined to elaborate or take questions. He said the interview with Mr. Judge, for example, lasted about three hours.

On Kavanaugh, Heitkamp told WDAY, a TV station in Fargo, "the process has been bad, but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and I've made that decision". The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women.

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