"I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but no more than, one week in order to let the FBI continue to do an investigation limited in time and scope".
The letter emerged before a planned vote Friday by the Judiciary Committee to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate. "I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", he said. That changed after Sen.
Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the center of the drama and uncertainty.
Mitchell spoke at an overnight meeting with 51 Republican senators.
Without the support of Mr Flake and one other Republican senator -and assuming all Democrats vote against - the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh cannot occur.
It was unclear whether Republican leaders, who have pushed for fast confirmation of Kavanaugh, would back the request for further investigation or instead would press forward with a full Senate vote on the nomination. The president watched aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from the United Nations, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He says he answered questions under oath Thursday "about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me".
Democrats for days have been demanding an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, but Republicans had refused to seek one. Trump's first nominee, Judge Gorsuch, was confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT listens to testimony from Christine Blasey Ford during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018. Neither Feinstein nor her staff told Senate Republicans of the allegations or confronted Kavanaugh about the accusations. On Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that Kavanaugh provided "powerful, honest" testimony, adding that "the Senate must vote!"
Before the vote, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) made a motion that Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, should be subpoenaed as a witness to appear before the committee. Some Democrats walked out of the room, irate that the committee was voting on Kavanaugh less than 24 hours after hearing from his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Judge has denied being at any party with Ford when an attack took place.
Kavanaugh's nomination is now scheduled for a cloture vote Saturday, in which senators will vote to end debate on his nomination and set up a full up-or-down vote for early next week.
Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly from IN said he would vote against the appellate court judge. Trump did not comment publicly on Ford's testimony in a Thursday tweet, but denounced Democrats for what he called a "search and destroy strategy", and urged immediate Senate action.
Hill says she was impressed with Ford's demeanor and her careful responses to questions.
"We want a more fulsome process that the country can be proud of", Flake told reporters later on Friday. Flake said. "More time, more ludicrous allegations". Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who also represents a porn actress who is suing Trump, provided her sworn declaration to the Judiciary panel. September 28, 2018 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
The Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 on party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor. He demurred, saying he would back whatever the committee made a decision to do.
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