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Red state Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly announces opposition to Kavanaugh

29 September 2018

Senators of the Republican Party have said that the Senate judiciary committee has chose to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court candidate backed by President Donald Trump, on Friday (Sept 28) morning.

Hatch, a former Judiciary Committee chairman who has been a key cheerleader for Kavanaugh, said there should be a "presumption of innocence" for the him and there wasn't enough proof to hold up the nomination.

Still, Gomez supports the White House's and Senate committee's decision to request it.

If Kavanaugh's nomination is favorably advanced to the full Senate, this will be followed by an expected procedural vote on the Senate floor on Saturday. Republicans see her as a Democratic swing vote and have been pushing for her to confirm Kavanaugh.

Ford welcomed the FBI investigation, one of her lawyers said.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court", the committee said in a statement.

The White House had resisted calls for another investigation, as Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual misconduct in fiery testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Collins and Murkowski have appeared to be the most outspoken Republican senators in seeking additional investigation into the allegations of inappropriate behavior that have surfaced against Kavanaugh in recent days. But it also allows Republicans an opportunity to clear the judge's name for what is a lifelong position on the nation's highest court.

Flake of Arizona, who had been undecided until Friday morning, announced his demand for an FBI investigation not long after announcing his support for Kavanaugh. In fact, it's the White House that would have to ask the FBI to investigate.

There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate.

"They weren't as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh, but the point is that there are teenage girls who don't tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up".

There are now 10 Democrats up for re-election in red states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

During four hours of emotionally intense testimony, Dr Blasey Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Mr Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982, and that it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity.

Lee said after the hearing that it was "heart-wrenching" and both Kavanaugh and Ford have "suffered". "Boy, y'all want power and I hope you don't get it".

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and angrily defended himself at his portion of Thursday's hearing. "I don't know if they told their friends, certainly had never reported it to police". An outside prosecutor assisted senators with the questioning.

But his vote seems to lean toward Kavanaugh.

There's no way to know how much more time it might require for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview all the people now involved with the Kavanaugh case. Susan Collins of ME, both moderate senators who had expressed concern over the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Red state Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly announces opposition to Kavanaugh