Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend

Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend

Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as "Believe Survivors" and "Kava-Nope". Capitol Police eventually arrested more than 300 people, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer.

Protesters gathered outside the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and staged a "confirmation kegger", in the final hours before the Senate prepares for a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh's embattled nomination to the Supreme Court.

But overcoming the filibuster was still a major step for Republicans, who cast Friday's vote as a chance to send a message to the public at a time of deep divisions and historic partisan rancor.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

Kavanaugh called the judicial system the "crown jewel of our constitutional republic" and noted that the Supreme Court is "the last line of defense for the separation of powers, and for the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution". Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh lambasted Democrats for their handling of the accusations against him, at one point turning a question back on Democratic Sen.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and West Virginia Democratic Sen.

"I have finished reviewing and reading all of the interviews but I am not giving comment now", Collins said.

Flake told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against Kavanaugh. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as well as red state Democratic Sen.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, although Democrats have also called into question his drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he's made about his background.

However, Dianne Feinstein, the most senior Democrat on the committee, criticised the scope of the probe, saying: "What I can say is that the most notable part of this report is what's not in it". However, the calendars he presented during his testimony showed that Kavanaugh had scheduled gatherings strikingly similar to the one Ford described.

The sharply partisan battle became an intense political drama when Prof Blasey Ford and two other women emerged to accuse Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s when he was in high school and college.

Ms. Blasey Ford says the judge assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.

But after the emotional day-long testimonies, Democratic Senators called for the FBI to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before lawmakers voted on his confirmation.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in The Journal.

"After all those meetings and after my initial hearing concluded, I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations".

The No. 2 Senate Democrat says an op-ed written by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the eve of a Senate vote left him unconvinced that Kavanaugh is qualified for the court. Sen.

Stevens, who was appointed by Republican President Gerald Ford and who often sided with liberal justices on key rulings, said he initially thought Kavanaugh was qualified, but that "his performance at the hearings ultimately changed my mind".

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