Key red state Democratic senator to vote no on Kavanaugh

Key red state Democratic senator to vote no on Kavanaugh

"I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband, and dad".

Several key Republican swing votes - Sens.

Manchin entered the chamber just after the vote was called, and then left for a bit.

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation could come as early as this weekend.

But Mr Trump's Republicans are more confident they will win the vote after two wavering Republican senators responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh.

The editorial was published on the eve of a pivotal vote in his confirmation. In his op-ed, Kavanaugh stressed that "the Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

The FBI also did not interview Kavanaugh.

Confirmation would hand Trump a clear victory and tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favor of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.

He was referring to polling that shows some improvement for Republicans heading into the midterm election.

Inside, the Senate moved closer to a vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"I have finished reviewing and reading all of the interviews but I am not giving comment now", Collins said. She paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers. He said he would return to cast the decisive vote if needed.




The FBI report was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses.

"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House, I don't know", Feinstein told reporters.

Democrats meanwhile condemned the investigation - the parameters of which were reportedly set by the White House - as preordained.

"We believe Christine Ford" banners, unfurled at a Senate office building where police began arresting hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, who helped broker a deal with Republican Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, became emotional when refuting allegations of sexual misconduct three women publicly levelled against him. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10.

Gonzaga law professors Ann Murphy, Jane Korn and Mary Pat Treauthart said they found Kavanaugh's anger and response to senators' questions troubling.

Allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teenagers have added to protests against the nomination.

The votes are primarily split along party lines with the exception of a few lawmakers, such as Democratic Sen. Thom Tillis, including screenshots that "were very helpful" in understanding the communications between various people discussing the situation.

Richard Oh, who attended Yale at the same time Ramirez and Kavanaugh were students there, wrote in the declaration that he recalled a female student telling him that "what she initially thought was a plastic penis was exhibited, but she later realized it was a male student's exposed penis".

"As I am sure you are aware, the handling of the results of BIs for judicial nominees is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Senate Judiciary Committee and the White House", the letter read. The report is confidential and has not been made public.

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