Hundreds protest outside of Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh vote

Carla Harmon
October 5, 2018

His column appeared aimed at winning over the three GOP senators who remain undecided. One Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who faces re-election next month in a state won easily by Mr Trump in 2016, is also wavering.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said it was "a very thorough investigation".

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh were "totally uncorroborated".

That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans. The vote could be held as early as tomorrow.

Campaign: Women attend a vigil in front of a court house in Brooklyn, New York, calling for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be blocked.

Kavanaugh explained that he met with "65 senators and explained my approach to the law". 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.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate in a vote planned on Saturday, Trump will have succeeded in placing his second justice on the top USA court and fulfilled his pledge to solidify its conservative majority. It was not clear why the 10th was not interviewed.

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

But as expected, the White House rushed to defend his comments.

"Democrats are willing to do anything and to hurt anyone to get their way, like they're doing with Judge Kavanaugh", he told cheering supporters in Johnson City, Tennessee, where Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are embroiled in a toss-up race. The encounter weighed on him, said Flake, who later forced Republicans to delay voting on Kavanaugh while the FBI conducts another background investigation.

A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators.

The Senate majority leader also said, since there was no corroboration of the allegations, Democrats are now focusing on how Kavanaugh defended himself in his testimony.

The 53-year-old judge said in an op-ed that he knows his "tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said" during testimony last week to the Judiciary Committee.

The FBI did not pursue any investigation into still other uncorroborated allegations lodged by others - including one by Julie Swetnick, who has given conflicting accounts but seems to suggest the judge was in the vicinity of high school parties where she says gang rapes happened.

The senator cited Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, in her statement, saying, "When I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the voices of women I have known throughout my life who have similar stories of sexual assault and abuse".

Countered Maine's Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, including screenshots that "were very helpful" in understanding the communications between various people discussing the situation. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans have said that the document contains no evidence against Kavanaugh.

The less-than-a-week probe was always a Hail Mary pass for Kavanaugh opponents, unlikely to break new ground in what was a limited background check, not a criminal investigation.

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