Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S

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Flake was largely responsible for last Friday's drama before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

The column said that Kavanaugh "poisoned any sense that he could serve as an impartial judge", following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.

As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted, "Shame!"

"No one directed this investigation; the FBI made its own decisions", said Kennedy, who described the report as thorough.

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally".

"I know that my tone was sharp", he wrote, "and I said a few things I should not have said". He denied those accusations, as well as Ford's, in angry testimony to a Senate committee.

President Trump praised the Republican-led Senate, tweeting he was "Very proud" it managed to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

On Thursday, more than 300 people were arrested in Washington, DC during a protest inside a Senate building.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the Democrats who voted against the motion and has vocally opposed Kavanaugh's nomination since accusations of sexual assault arose in July, lamented the vote's passing on CNN.

Collins said she had met with "thousands of my constituents", noting that both supporters and opponents of the judge had given her their opinions in the days since Ford came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

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In addition to Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, high-profile cases of sexual assault recently brought the issue to the fore in Alaska.

"Judge Kavanaugh stated at his hearing that the individuals at the incident involving Dr. Ford refuted her version of events", Schumer said.

Several recent polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind Democrats, jumped after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

Daines, a Montana Republican who has supported Kavanaugh's nomination, has been scheduled to attend his daughter's wedding on Saturday for months and made it clear he wouldn't be skipping the ceremony.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who called for a one-week delay to allow for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, indicated he would vote for Kavanaugh as well after lending his support in Friday's procedural vote.

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 U.S. court.

In the procedural ballot, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

She said judges do lean left and right, but in general, the Supreme Court should be above politics. She supports the #MeToo movement, Collins said, calling it badly needed and long overdue. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence. Republicans swiftly declared that the FBI's report, which was shrouded in secrecy and accessed only by senators and a select group of staffers, absolved Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing. Mr Flake told reporters that unless "something big" changes, he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Speaking ahead of the vote Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said hailed Kavanaugh as a 'nominee of the very highest caliber, a brilliant legal mind...with a proven devotion to the rule of law'.

Here's what some Democratic senators have said about the report, which contained summaries of the FBI's interviews and of which we American citizens are not allowed to know the actual contents.

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