Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

The Senate is taking a crucial vote Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America", McConnell said on Capitol Hill on Thursday talking about Kavanaugh, while blasting Democrats. Voting for an end to the endless debate that defines the Senate is not the same thing as voting for Kavanaugh's final confirmation.

A briefing regarding the FBI's investigation, which is looking into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh, "would be unprecedented and irregular", McConnell said in a letter to the Democratic lawmaker.

Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been undecided.

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.

"Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault".

During the hearing where he defended himself against sexual misconduct allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and two other women, Kavanaugh denied the accusations and launched into a lengthy attack on Democrats.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate from Alaska, voted against advancing Kavanaugh in Friday morning's procedural vote, making Republican plans to confirm Kavanaugh more hard. She spoke on the Senate floor ahead of a Friday procedural vote. Murkowski has indicated she will not vote for Kavanaugh in the final vote, which could take place Saturday.

He wrote: "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".

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Why? Because support from Republicans is higher for Kavanaugh than for any prior nominee from a Republican president since George H.W. Bush.

"Before left-wing outside groups and Democratic leaders had him in their sights, Judge Kavanaugh possessed an impeccable reputation and was held in high esteem by the bench and the bar alike", Grassley said.

Both Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser, university professor Christine Ford, testified before the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee in an 8-hour-long hearing last week.

While Republican leaders were not saying they had nailed down the support needed, backing from two of those three would ensure Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation because every other Republican was poised to back him.

Senator Chris Coons, who pressed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the allegations, told ABC News on Friday the judge "crossed a line in terms of judicial behaviour and temperament" with his attack on Democrats at the hearing, something "undecided senators should be weighing very carefully".

"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House, I don't know", Feinstein told reporters.

Kavanaugh admitted that he became "too emotional" and said things he shouldn't have.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a panel now equally divided between four conservative and four liberal justices. They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway. Steve Daines says he will be at his daughter's wedding on the same day - even though he plans to make it back in time for the vote.

The FBI report was not released to the public.