Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Senate Committee Delays Kavanaugh Vote Until 9/20

Senate Committee Delays Kavanaugh Vote Until 9/20

The panel's top Democrat, Sen.

"Senator Schumer promised to 'oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, ' and it appears he is delivering with this 11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation", Kupec said. "Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about Kavanaugh.

The White House also weighed in with a statement on Thursday.

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Kavanaugh is President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee. Democrats say the records they've seen are insufficient.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday threw a cryptic curveball at Brett Kavanaugh, insinuating the Supreme Court nominee could be guilty of a crime even as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seek to delay his confirmation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT protested as soon as the hearing gaveled opened Thursday.

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Feinstein charged that Republicans who are in charge of the committee had repeatedly refused her offer to work on a bipartisan basis to work with the National Archives so that more documents could be made available.

Blumenthal says, "We lack the time". Jordain Carney reports at The Hill that "Senate Democrats will move forward this week with suing to get access to documents tied to ..." He calls it a "badly broken process". That prompted an uproar from Democrats, who read out loud the committee rule requiring that committee debate on a nomination can not be cut off without a majority vote that includes at least one member of the minority party. Susan Collins, R-Me., if Collins votes for Kavanaugh's confirmation "could be backfiring". None of this is actually likely to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation-and the Senate could still vote to approve Kavanaugh in the lame-duck post-election session, while the Republican majority holds-but the Democrats could make it a campaign issue to drive turnout.

Feinstein (D-Calif.) acknowledged in a statement that an individual who "strongly requested confidentiality" flagged information about Kavanaugh that she found concerning enough to contact federal authorities. Kavanaugh had indicated in 2006 testimony that he was not substantially involved in the nomination. If I'd known who he was, I would have shaken his hand, talked to him and expressed my sympathy. "And I would have listened to him". But the nominee didn't provide many revealing answers late Wednesday when he turned in 263 pages of responses in which he tried to provide more thoughts on one of the more dramatic moments of his confirmation hearing, brush aside questions about his finances, and clean up answers about abortion, his independence from political pressure and other topics.

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Separately, the Judiciary Committee on Thursday delayed its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until next week, with final votes by the full Senate expected at the end of the month.

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