Brett Kavanaugh Senate Cloture Vote

Brett Kavanaugh Senate Cloture Vote

As Trump took the stage, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Kavanaugh in which he sought to assuage the concerns of senators - and many Americans - who anxious that his partisan-infused testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a week ago suggested that he might not be impartial from the bench.

- "Confirm Brett!" cries from members of "Women for Kavanaugh" outside the office of Sen.

Capitol Police said the 300-odd detainees were processed on site and released after being charged with offenses such as obstructing a public space or unlawful demonstration.

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said yesterday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana tomorrow, making him unavailable to cast his vote. The cloture vote at 7:30 AM PT/10:30 AM ET will determine whether the Senate will end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination. 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.

Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said it was "a very thorough investigation".

Kavanaugh admitted that he became "too emotional" and said things he shouldn't have.

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Lisa Murkowski. An occasional party renegade, she has not said how she will vote.

Graham has defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, saying "I'm confident the Federal Bureau of Investigation did a good job". Collins is expected to announce her decision in a speech on the Senate floor at 3 p.m. Friday.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning. While some Democrats have described the probe as being insufficient to calm concerns about Kavanaugh's past, a few key Republicans have suggested they approve of the probe's thoroughness. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court. Without evidence, he alleged the protesters, several of whom said they have been sexual assault victims were "paid by [financier George] Soros and others".

The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land". Kavanaugh's confirmation process has been rocked by multiple sexual misconduct allegations, all of which Kavanaugh has vehemently denied.

Kavanaugh defended his behavior in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal late Thursday, in which he expressed some regret for his fiery attack on Democrats.

Kavanaugh wrote in the opinion piece that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

Durbin said he agrees with former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who declared Thursday Kavanaugh doesn't belong on the bench.

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