Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

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

Brett Kavanaugh said the US Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh said the US Supreme Court"must never be viewed as a partisan institution"More
| 05 October, 2018, 13:26

Mr Trump's fellow Republicans have gained confidence Mr Kavanaugh will win Senate confirmation.

Protesters occupy the Senate Hart building during a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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!"

While GOP leaders were not saying they'd nailed down the support needed, backing from two of those three would ensure Kavanaugh's confirmation because every other Republican was poised to back him.

The Senate is split 51 Republicans to 49 Democrats and independents. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".

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.

Members of US Capitol Police arrest demonstrators during a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Another GOP lawmakers who has publicly taken no stance, Susan Collins of ME, called the probe "a very thorough investigation" and said she'd read the documents later.

In a letter to President Trump, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein discussed their understanding that "conducting background investigations on nominees has always been the FBI's standard practice, and it is common for such background investigations to be reopened when new information about a nominee becomes known".

The top Senate Judiciary Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, said the report appeared insufficient to lay to rest concerns about Kavanaugh.


Ms Feinstein said the White House may have limited the probe. "Those fears have been realized". He said five were witnesses connected to accusations by Christine Blasey Ford and four involved a separate claim by Deborah Ramirez.

But even if Kavanaugh is rejected, the battle to save his nomination in the face of sexual misconduct allegations has jolted a slumbering Republican base to life just ahead of the November 6 elections, political strategists and new polls suggest.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, urged an end to what he called "partisan histrionics" and called for a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

It's expected that many senators will want to read or be briefed on the supplemental background check, which the Senate is expected to receive no later than Thursday.

And Miller has suggested that Wray should have recused himself from the FBI's investigation of Kavanaugh, given his ties to Trump's nominee during the George W. Bush Administration.

McConnell addressed the fact that the Democrat senators were the ones pushing for an FBI investigation and when the information came back, "they turned on a dime and started claiming his real sin was that he spoke up too forcefully, in defense of his good name and his family". 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.

Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh. As the women yelled at him from the hallway, Hatch waved and told them to "grow up" as he entered an elevator surrounded by aides. And now, just weeks before the midterm elections Kavanaugh is accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10.

They include three people Blasey Ford says were in the house at the time of the party.

"As a judge, I have always treated colleagues and litigants with the utmost respect".

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