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Brett Kavanaugh: Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on Supreme Court Nomination

Brett Kavanaugh: Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on Supreme Court Nomination

On Thursday morning, as Christine Blasey Ford began her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, describing how she was allegedly sexually assaulted at a party by Kavanaugh when both were in high school, Kavanaugh's chances of winning the 50 or more votes he needs for confirmation sunk to 35 percent on the online political market site PredictIt.org, a project of the University of Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sen. Orrin Hatch strongly defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, arguing there was not enough evidence of accusations of sexual misconduct against him and the Senate should vote to confirm him.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump would get his wish, with the Judiciary Committee - which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats - set to vote on its recommendation Friday before the nomination goes to the full Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 edge.

But Flake, after urgent consultations with colleagues including Democratic Senator Chris Coons, cast the vote only after asking the Republican-led panel to request that the Trump administration pursue an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe lasting up to seven days of the explosive allegations against Kavanaugh.

That leads to the third important point in all the discussion about an FBI investigation: Democrats and outside groups want whatever the Judiciary Committee or the Senate considers to have the imprimatur of the world's premier law enforcement agency.

"I will move it out of committee", Flake said, adding he would "only be comfortable moving on the floor" after a one-week FBI investigation has occurred.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has questioned Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.

While Ford said she came forward to give the senators an understanding of Kavanaugh's character as they examined him for a seat in the country's apex court.

Flake said the committee heard "compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh", and he left the hearing yesterday with "as much doubt as certainty".




"I think it's overkill", said Sen.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's senior Democrat, called Kavanaugh's testimony unseemly for a judicial nominee.

In a statement, the committee says it will ask that the FBI's probe be limited to "current credible allegations against the nominee".

David Gomez, a former FBI counterterrorism supervisor in Seattle, said typically FBI headquarters will divide up leads that get assigned to different field offices across the US for further investigation and are assigned a quick deadline. Flake indicated he would take the next steps - leading to full Senate approval - only after the further background probe, and there were suggestions that other moderate Republicans might join his revolt.

"For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament", Kavanaugh said Thursday during his combative testimony.

Judge Kavanaugh angrily denied he had assaulted her or anyone.

As The Associated Press notes, "Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard". "They have to be comfortable with themselves", Trump said. "This is someone who was aggressive and belligerent".

To some observers it was a temporary reprieve after another toxic week that threatens the independence of the supreme court.


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