Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Senate Republicans Are Confident Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed After Reading FBI Report

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday Michael Reynolds Pool via REUTERS Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday
Michele Schwartz | 05 October, 2018, 13:26

Protesters rally against Kavanaugh in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on Thursday. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.

While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him. If Republican lawmakers clear that hurdle, the Senate can then advance to a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

After the FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh came to a close and the White House and members of the Senate received the documents, Republicans said the files show no extra corroborating information than previously known. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans have said that the document contains no evidence against Kavanaugh.

But crucially, two key Republican senators who are yet to say how they will vote - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME - made positive comments about the probe, which was taken by some to be a sign that they were leaning towards a "yes".

Brett Kavanaugh has heard the complaints about his poor judicial temperament and on Thursday, the judge who last week said sexual assault allegations against him were a conspiracy launched by Donald Trump's enemies, attempt a mea culpa.

Mr Grassley said the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded "there is no collaboration of the allegations made by Dr Ford or Ms Ramirez".

Mr Kavanaugh has said stories of bad behaviour while drinking are exaggerated. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public. Gardner's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Republicans did not want to pursue whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his alcohol use in high school and college.

"Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree that Kavanaugh's confirmation process has become 'a national disgrace.' Even among Democrats whose senators have been leading the charge against the nominee, 40% agree, and only slightly more (43%) disagree, but 17% are undecided", writes Rasmussen.

The FBI's investigation found nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations a top Republican senator said Thursday.

The Left has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of being a drunken, conservative, Irish Catholic rapist.

The Judiciary Committee also has held a hearing to hear directly from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at which both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath.

Trump, who Tuesday scornfully mocked Ford's Judiciary panel testimony, tweeted that Kavanaugh's "great life can not be ruined by mean" and "despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

The nominee himself closed out Thursday's fast-moving events by taking the extraordinary step of publishing an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal to defend himself as impartial.

He wrote that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said.

In his testimony, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election". Their decision could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started a process that will produce a crucial test vote in his polarized chamber Friday on Kavanaugh's fate.

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