Kavanaugh Releases Surprise Op-Ed Before Confirmation Vote

Susan Melcher of Pownal protests in front of the charter bus bound for Washington D.C. from Portland on Wednesday night. The Mainers who left Portland including Susan Feiner holding an anti Kavanaugh sign at center hope to meet with Sen. Susan Collin

That means numerous senators ended up listening to staffers read aloud the 46-page report, which contained 11 accounts of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents' interviews with nine witnesses related to sexual assault and misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation could come as early as this weekend.

Trump, pushing the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime job on the top USA court, said on Twitter after the FBI finished its investigation that the allegations against his nominee were "totally uncorroborated".

If appointed, Mr Kavanaugh would tip the Supreme Court in favour of conservatives. At stops over the past week in West Virginia, Tennessee and Mississippi, Trump painted Democrats as villains who had to be stopped for trying to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

At a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi, Trump made fun of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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A key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee split 11-10 as well as in the closely divided Senate, Flake got something resembling his wish: Republicans agreed to a weeklong pause in the drive toward a confirmation vote, while the FBI investigated "credible allegations" against Kavanaugh.

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh said he "might have been too emotional at times" in his testimony. "I might have been too emotional at times".

With a razor thin 51-49 margin, Trump needs the vote of every Republican senator to push through his nominee.

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 Senate set the scope of the investigation", as White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday. So all we know is what we've heard from senators and people at the White House who have seen it or been briefed on it.

"Make no mistake, this investigation was rigged by the White House and Senate Republicans", said Sen.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 10 but decades-old accusations of sexual assault created drama and logistical hurdles late in the confirmation process.

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Six of the witnesses involved Ms Ford's claims, including a lawyer for one of them, and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen, which Mr Kavanaugh denies.

Its conclusions will not be made public, but Senators will be able to review the report on Thursday.

Another Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, told reporters it was a "whitewash". "I thought Kavanaugh was treated like crap", Graham said to boos from the festival audience. Republicans say the probe was thorough and reinforces their support of President Donald Trump's nominee.

On the hot seat, some senators have been using police escorts in recent days to shield them from protesters and the media.

It was not clear why the 10th was not interviewed. Several criticized Republicans for limiting the FBI investigation to just nine interviews.

The absence of interviews of Kavanaugh and Ford has particularly raised eyebrows.

Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegation and further sexual misconduct claims against him from two other women.

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"I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", he added, saying the country's top court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

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