Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Hundreds protest outside of Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh vote

Hundreds protest outside of Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh vote

At senators behest, the FBI investigated and the agency's latest report Thursday did not corroborate "any of the sexual misconduct allegations against" Kavanaugh, said Majority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press. A final vote could come Saturday.

It is not a done deal, however.

The Trump era has, at times, been uncomfortable for Republican women, especially the six senators who will be asked to vote for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation by week's end.

Under new rules approved past year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote.

But anger and frustration knew no party on the eve of expected voting. "We believe that all the Senate's questions have been addressed through this supplemental FBI investigation".

"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.

Senators said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spoken to five witnesses connected to accusations by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges a drunken Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she tried to scream at a house in 1982.

Kavanaugh, in a fiery response which critics branded partisan, rejected the allegations and further misconduct claims against him from two other women.

Kavanaugh's demeanor and conduct during the hearing alarmed the law professors.

Mr Kavanaugh has categorically denied both claims and said he has never sexually assaulted anyone. Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land".

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"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote.

The protest began at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Barrett Prettyman Courthouse - where Kavanaugh now sits as a judge - and will culminate at the Supreme Court.

An woman expresses support for Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982voutside U.S. District Court in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018.Activists hold a protest march and rally in opposition to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh near the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018.

In a statement, the police said that 293 people were arrested on Thursday for "unlawfully demonstrating" in the buildings and another nine for "crowding, obstructing, and incommoding", reports Efe news.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Stevens, speaking in Florida, said that he initially supported Kavanaugh's nomination and changed his mind.

But Democrats said the five-day inquiry was "incomplete" because it was limited by the White House. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".

"A vote against Judge Kavanaugh tomorrow will be a vote for abusing the confirmation process and a good person, and it will be a vote for the shameful intimidation tactics that have been employed as part of an orchestrated smear campaign", he stated.

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. Lindsey Graham of SC, who has emerged as the Republicans' most powerful voice on the nomination.

White House spokesman Raj Shah defended the investigation to reporters Thursday morning, saying "of course we were and of course we have been" seeking the truth in the matter.

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