Hundreds arrested as Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Hundreds arrested as Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

Hundreds arrested as Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote nears

"All senators will be able to review the report" delivered early Thursday by the FBI, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said in a statement. "A vote against Judge Kavanaugh tomorrow will be an endorsement of the mishandling of this confirmation process", Senator Cornyn said during the press conference.

Late on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Ford's legal team over evidence they would still like to receive including the therapist notes Ford has repeatedly referred to as documentation of her allegation against Kavanaugh as well as the materials from the polygraph exam she took in August.

It's the news story that has dominated headlines across America all week - the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court judge, Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Republicans expressed confidence that nothing in a supplemental FBI investigation prompted by sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh will derail the Supreme Court nominee, as they press ahead with plans for a make-or-break Friday test vote.

The last undecided Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, said while leaving the secure room on Thursday that he would have to come back on Friday because he'd been kicked out so Republicans could have their turn.

Expanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to meet these demands this late in the game would mean yet another delay beyond the weeklong pause that was spearheaded last Friday by Sen.

White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints.

Ford, who testified before the judiciary committee in Washington on September 27, alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were high school students.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend. Ford told the committee she feared Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her during the alleged assault when both where high school students in Maryland.

But crucially, two key Republican senators who are yet to say how they will vote - Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME - made positive comments about the probe, which was taken by some to be a sign that they were leaning towards a "yes". "I don't remember", Trump said, mocking Ford's answers during last week's hearing.

The two other Republican female senators say victims should be heard, but they want Kavanaugh confirmed.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets demonstrators protesting US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on October 4, 2018, in Washington. If it passes, it could pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday.

The protesters include a loud contingent from ME, and they're calling on Susan Collins, a key Republican senator, to vote against Kavanaugh. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh.

Demonstrators wait in-line to enter Hart Senate Office Building for a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in separate incidents in the 1980s. 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.

The report had become the central focus of the debate over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats hoping it would corroborate allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, two women who say the judge groped or exposed himself to them during those parties.

Most Democrats opposed Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh from the outset.

She testified that a drunken Mr Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed.

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