Over 300 arrested during anti-Kavanaugh protests in US

Erika Holt
October 6, 2018

In a potential sign of momentum for Kavanaugh, Sen.

"I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said", he wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial.

He continued: "It's a fascinating process to watch the face take shape, while hoping that you've captured the essence".

The FBI report was sent to the White House and Senate just hours after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took steps on Wednesday night to force a procedural vote on the nomination one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top US court.

Six days after Trump reluctantly ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to scrutinize the accusations- which Kavanaugh has denied - leading Republican lawmakers briefed on the agency's confidential document all reached the same conclusion: There was no verification of the women's past claims and nothing new.

It had been a smooth process by Washington's bumpy standards until Christine Blasey Ford, then other women, came forward with their accusations, setting up an epic hearing last week centered on Ford's pained recounting of her allegation and Kavanaugh's blistering denials. U.S. Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. On the Senate floor, he witheringly called the accusations "uncorroborated mud". This is not the confirmation vote itself, but it is a key indicator of whether Republicans have the necessary votes to approve Kavanaugh as the replacement for retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Another on-the-fence Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, reportedly met sexual assault survivors in her office on Thursday. She paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers. Brookes told ABC that she frequently drank heavily with Kavanaugh and that "he would get obnoxious" when drunk.

Senator Murkowski called Trump's speech "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable".

There are two votes on Kavanaugh, and senators can vote differently for each question. With Daines out of the picture, the party would need every other Republican to vote for Kavanaugh for him to be confirmed in a Saturday vote in the event all Democrats oppose him. They're being protected by U.S. Capitol Police.

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Another GOP lawmakers who has publicly taken no stance, Susan Collins of ME, called the probe "a very thorough investigation" and said she'd read the documents later.

Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic hearing should "worry us all", citing what she called "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee.

And Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick". Ford says Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.

Judge Kavanaugh, meanwhile, expressed regret for his angry testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a week ago.

"The full details of Dr. Ford's polygraph examination are particularly important because the Senate Judiciary Committee has received a sworn statement from a longtime boyfriend of Dr. Fords, starting that he personally witnessed Dr. Ford coaching a friend on polygraph examinations", Grassley wrote.

Neither side specified what they were referring to.

The rules for keeping investigations confidential and closely held were laid out in an agreement with the governing background checks dating from the Obama administration. 'Never will satisfy critics, ' the source said. One senator said it was about 50 pages long. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10. Garrett, who went out with Ford in high school and introduced her to Kavanaugh, has denied having any information related to Ford's sexual assault allegation.

"This op-ed in no way removes the issue of temperament", Blumenthal said on "Anderson Cooper 360".

The magazine said this was only the second time it has used typography to create an image for a cover. Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to senators. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Mr Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behaviour while drinking are exaggerated.

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