Key red state Democratic senator to vote no on Kavanaugh


Speaking through tears, Mr Kavanaugh furiously denied allegations of sexual assault as he accused Democrats of orchestrating a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats' fears that the "very limited process" laid out for the investigation would restrain the FBI "have been realized". "Hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good". "Going forward, you can count on me", he wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report this morning.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned Kavanaugh's drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he has made about his background.

"Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America", McConnell said on Capitol Hill on Thursday talking about Kavanaugh, while blasting Democrats.

"It smacks of a whitewash", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters, saying the report should not give political cover for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh because "it is blatantly incomplete".

If that vote passes, it could pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday.

Kavanaugh penned the defense of his performance during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor. Supporters of Kavanaugh also turned out.

A sea of women, thousands of protesters, marched on the Supreme Court and many infiltrated Senate office buildings to hold loud sit-in protests against the judge. U.S. President Donald Trump said protesters' resistance was backfiring.

At the rally, Trump said Democrats' "rage-fueled resistance is starting to backfire". He was referring to polling that shows some improvement for Republicans heading into the midterm election.

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Should Republicans get the majority of votes they need - and vice president Mike Pence is available to cast the tiebreaker, if necessary - that would set up a decisive roll call on his confirmation, probably over the weekend.

At the MS rally, Trump also turned his ire on Julie Swetnick, who claims Kavanaugh took part in efforts at parties during high school to get girls intoxicated so that groups of boys could have sex with them.

One senator said the three other witnesses, whose names aren't publicly known, related to Ms. Ramirez's complaint.

She paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to politicians.

The FBI is said to have interviewed Judge for three hours.

Democrats complained that the investigation, running just six days after Trump reluctantly ordered it, was shoddy, omitting interviews with numerous potential witnesses.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a rare White House briefing that on Wednesday night that "the President was stating the facts" at the MS rally.

"When the noise fades, when the uncorroborated mud washes away, what's left is the distinguished nominee who stands before us", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10. One senator said it was about 50 pages long.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the committee that Mr Kavanaugh, then aged 17, sexually assaulted her when she was aged 15 in Maryland in 1982.

Countered Maine's Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, including screenshots that "were very helpful" in understanding the communications between various people discussing the situation.