Two GOP Swing Vote Senators Will Support Kavanaugh

Two GOP Swing Vote Senators Will Support Kavanaugh

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ultimately declared that he would vote to pass Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but would not support a floor vote in the full Senate until the FBI investigates sexual assault allegations against the judge. And then, as no doubt was expected if not planned, came a long series of false last-minute smears created to scare me and drive me out of the process before any hearing occurred.

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, came out swinging and appeared openly angry during his testimony to senators, saying at one point, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace".

Key holdouts huddled in the Capitol on Thursday evening, including SusanCollins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

As CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports, this is significant because, assuming all Democrats vote no, Republicans cannot afford to lose more than one of their own senators on the floor.

Expecting a wave of motions and delay efforts by the Democrats, Sen.

Kavanaugh testified Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee over an allegation of sexual assault when he was in high school.

But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received Ford's allegations in July, did nothing publicly with those charges until last week - just days before the committee was scheduled to vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee's confirmation. Flake had said he was still unsure how he would vote on the night of September 27 following the hearing with testimony by Kavanaugh and his accuser. While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn.

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"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me", the other woman, Maria Gallagher, told Flake.

Republicans hold a slim majority, 51-49, which means Kavanaugh faces a tough vote when the nomination goes to the full Senate.

Flake, one of 21 on the panel, remained quiet while the women shouted and cried.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to be voting at 1:30 p.m. Friday on whether to recommend Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, but something is afoot. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Mr Kavanaugh angrily said he was innocent and the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

The dramatic scene unfolded a day after Kavanaugh and Ford testified in an emotional, hours-long hearing. "That's why I have the unanimous, well qualified rating from the American Bar Association".

"I will not weigh in and prejudge until there has been an opportunity again for her to tell her story and for her to respond to questions about her story".