Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Flake to vote yes on Kavanaugh 'unless something big changed'

Flake to vote yes on Kavanaugh 'unless something big changed'

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court.

With Mr Kavanaugh's uncertain prospects for approval depending in part on the decisions of five wavering senators, politicians began viewing the document in a secure room in the Capitol complex.

A hitch arose on Thursday when Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, said he would not be in D.C. on Saturday because his daughter is getting married in his home state.

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But 10 staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee will have access to the report in hard copy so they can brief senators who have not have time to read it for themselves.

The opinion column went live shortly before The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed written by Kavanaugh, in which he described his testimony as "forceful and passionate" and affirmed his commitment to "keep an open mind in every case".

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Corker said nine of the pages were about Mark Judge, the Kavanaugh friend who Ford said also jumped on her while Kavanaugh assaulted her. Judge has said he doesn't recall the incident.

All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The self-defense came too late for John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice who on Thursday said he once believed Kavanaugh to be a fine judge. Flake spent a large portion of the afternoon reviewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation work and said he saw no new evidence to corroborate any of the claims against Kavanaugh, which Flake had previously indicated would mean he will vote to confirm.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Brett Kavanaugh's testimony before the Judiciary Committee was "so shocking" it makes him unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh stood by his performance during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the misconduct allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor. As the lone Republican to vote against cloture, it would be very unusual for her to then vote for his confirmation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's "feeling good" ahead of a crucial Senate vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning. Two other women also emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct. If that succeeds, a final roll call was expected Saturday as the long, emotional battle over the conservative jurist drew toward its climax.

White House officials acknowledged Thursday they were unsure whether they had the 50 votes needed to clear the procedural hurdle, with Vice President Mike Pence able to, as president of the Senate, provide the decisive 51st.

A fuming Kavanaugh strode into the same packed hearing room that afternoon and said he, too, was "100 per cent" certain the incident had not occurred.

A former Collins staffer said the Senator will absolutely vote on her own convictions on Kavanaugh, and will not be swayed by the protestors or the anger, one way or the other.

Joe Manchin. Facing a re-election vote in November in the pro-Trump state of West Virginia, he said on Friday he supported Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI could investigate.

Mr Schumer called for the report to be made public as well as the directive the White House gave the FBI ordering the investigation.

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