Senate Cuts Off Debate on Kavanaugh, Making His Confirmation All But Certain

White House finds no proof of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh in FBI report – WSJ

The self-defence came too late for John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice who on Thursday said he once believed Kavanaugh to be a fine judge.

Earlier that day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., along with several Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee all responded to the FBI's findings Thursday by saying that the scope of the probe into the sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee was not up to their liking.

US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans have gained confidence that his US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge. It is the first time in its four-decade history that Human Rights Watch has taken a position for or against a nominee to the US Supreme Court. It offers a little insight into how wavering senators feel about advancing his nomination, though senators could potentially vote no for the final confirmation after voting yes in the procedural vote. The motion passed 51-49 along strict party lines except for Murkowski and Manchin.

The vote, which took place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, was not on whether to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Collins and Flake both say the investigation was thorough, but neither would say if they are now prepared to vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Flake, a frequent Trump critic, was instrumental in getting the president to order the FBI investigation last Friday.

Investigators did not interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, the research psychiatrist who alleged he attempted to rape her when the two were teenagers in the early 1980s.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said on the Senate floor ahead of Friday's procedural vote, "This should have been a respectable and dignified confirmation process". The results of a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday show 48 percent of Americans are against the confirmation of Kavanaugh's nomination, while 42 percent are supportive.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report this morning.

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Republicans have said that a week-long investigation, summed up in the FBI dossier, had turned up nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations against the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who now sits on a federal court in Washington.

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"But Democrats had pointed to not only the sexual assault allegations, which they described" but also questions about Kavanaugh's temperament during the hearing last week and whether he had lied about his drinking during high school and college, and what certain references in his high school yearbook meant.

The controversy erupted when after Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party when she was 15 years old and he was 17. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit".

In an unusual step, Kavanaugh himself wrote an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday night, trying to reassure lawmakers that he would be an "independent, impartial judge".

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

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