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Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

29 Septembre 2018

It was a change in tone for Trump from Thursday night, when he described Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting".

Everything was on track.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted along party lines to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.

There was some confusion within the committee regarding the veracity of Flake's pronouncement, because he did not have a finalized deal with GOP leaders and it was uncertain that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would go along with his demands.

By day's end, the White House acceded and asked for an investigation, too.

Republicans voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 28, concluding a committee process thrown into disarray two weeks ago by the last-minute release of allegations by a female accuser. If all Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, two Republicans would also have to do the same to block his confirmation.

Flake's move came a day after an extraordinary hearing in which university professor Christine Blasey Ford detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh.

The Democratic Indiana senator voted in favor of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, for the nation's highest court. But at what cost?

Coons of DE said that after Flake announced his support for Kavanaugh earlier Friday, they had a private conversation and Coons said he told Flake, "I respect you as my friend, but I'm having difficulty with your vote". Thomas was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Republicans gave fiery speeches defending Kavanaugh.

He has denied her allegation and accusations of sexual misconduct made by two other women.

"I will move it out of committee", Flake said, adding he would "only be comfortable moving on the floor" after a one-week FBI investigation has occurred.

But by pausing for one week to allow for the probe, which lawmakers said would be "limited in scope", Republicans are still likely - perhaps more likely, if the FBI investigation fails to produce smoking gun evidence of the claims against Kavanaugh - to have enough votes to confirm him.

With the stakes so high, the Judiciary Committee's preliminary vote took place amid extraordinary tension.

So the table is set, but what of the china?

A spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee did not immediately respond to requests to clarify the term 'current, credible allegations.' Sen.

Blasey acknowledged her friend's statement during her Thursday testimony before the committee, saying she did not expect Keyser or anyone else allegedly present to recall the event.

Alan Dershowitz called for delaying the vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination until the FBI can investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

Millions watched, tears were shed and stomachs churned.

"This country is being ripped apart here", Flake said.

Kavanaugh was one of the lawyers working with independent counsel Ken Starr and helped author the report that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The outcome of the Flake-Coons deal was that Kavanaugh's path to Senate confirmation for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court will, at minimum, be delayed for a week as the Federal Bureau of Investigation looks into the accusations made against him. "One, the Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith".

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle