Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh

Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh

"There were four of us in a corner", said Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee, reading sections of the report while other senators listened to the report being read in full by staffers with the proper security clearances.

The FBI is expected to give the Senate a supplemental background report on Kavanaugh later Wednesday.

Underscoring the hardening partisan lines, one of the two undecided Democratic senators said she'd oppose Kavanaugh.

The same day, The Washington Post published an editorial calling on the Senate not to confirm Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a floor speech Wednesday that senators will not be intimidated out of doing their jobs.

They asked the president to "adhere to precedent and direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate [allegations against Kavanaugh] and provide a report to the Senate as soon as possible".

Now the wait it on for the other three key Republican senators to cast their vote.

Senate Democrats are disputing Republicans' suggestion that there's been no "whiff" of any inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's previous background checks.

Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe. It gathers facts and conducts interviews, both with witnesses willing to be identified by name and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Democrats criticized the limited scope of the FBI investigation. Another Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, told reporters it was a "whitewash".

"I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.

Speaking Tuesday night at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump attacked the credibility of Ford, who last week testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her during a high school party in Maryland more than 30 years ago. Notably absent from the witness list are Kavanaugh and Ford. I don't remember. Where was the place? "That's the only thing I remember", he said. The majority staff on the committee interviewed - under penalty of felony - individuals likely to have knowledge of claims against Kavanaugh.

"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most disgusting charges", Trump said. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME or Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News.

"It's time to vote", he said. "But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

Another GOP lawmakers who has publicly taken no stance, Susan Collins of ME, called the probe "a very thorough investigation" and said she'd read the documents later.

Heitkamp has been viewed as a potential swing vote and one of the senators who could decide the fate of the nomination. North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who faces a hard re-election race next month, cited concerns about his "past conduct" and said she felt his heated attacks on Democrats during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing raised questions about his "current temperament, honesty and impartiality". "This great life can not be ruined by mean" and "despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

Schumer said he disagreed with Grassley's assessment that there is "no hint of misconduct" but declined to elaborate or take questions. Police have stepped up their presence in Capitol hallways, in some cases blocking news reporters and the public from approaching lawmakers.

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