Five senators hold keys to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid

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GOP says FBI report will be secret; Dems say issue now is Kavanaugh credibility
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05 October, 2018

Confirming Kavanaugh, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on Thursday would send a message that the "politics of baseless personal destruction has no place" in the Senate.

A confirmation vote is expected on Saturday. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski said she'd read the report.

But after an emotional, daylong hearing last week with Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, undecided GOP senators forced their leadership - and the White House - to agree to a deal that paused action on the nomination. Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a drunken dormitory party when they both attended Yale.

The Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, could vote as early as Saturday and all eyes are on three key Republican senators who could make or break the nomination - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. He has described Ms Swetnick's allegation as a "joke".

Corker and Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said senators were expecting the document to contain reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents compile on their interviews with subjects, perhaps accompanied by a cover letter. It is not meant to have the form of a conclusion or recommendation.

"If he would [take] a polygraph, this would all be over, Senator Graham", the protester said. After that, the Republican committee members see it at 10:00 and the Democrats at 11:00. "When you say 'outrageous smear, ' you're really referring to what Dr. Ford said, but you can't say so because everyone knows that kind of rhetoric would be outrageous", said Schumer.

Democrats claimed throughout the week that the FBI's additional background check was not sufficient due to its limited scope.

"There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", he said.

"Neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations", he said, adding that the investigation "found no hint of misconduct". "It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke forcefully on the Senate floor Thursday morning, explaining why he's moving for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans and the White House trumpeted the fact that the investigation found no corroborating evidence to Ford's claims, while Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) complained that the FBI's probe was not extensive enough.

President Trump declared this week that he wanted the most "comprehensive" inquiry, although he favoured it being completed with no delays.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process has been marred by protests and demonstrations in Senate halls.

Flake, Collins and Murkowski all have criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

Collins told reporters that Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen. Democratic senators huddled, preparing to hold a news conference.

Once Kavanaugh's confirmation goes to a full Senate vote, Republicans will need to vote nearly unanimously to secure his appointment, as the party holds a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the upper house.

In contrast to the president's enthusiasm, a coalition of US Christian churches with 40 million worshippers has urged Mr Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

All 100 senators, split in the GOP's favour 51-49, have access to one copy of the file in a secure room, to prevent leaks of confidential information under the Privacy Act, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

More than 1000 law professors have also signed a letter urging senators not to confirm Mr Kavanaugh.

"But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that Judge Kavanaugh did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land".


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