As FBI Probe Wraps Up, Senate Could Vote on Kavanaugh on Saturday

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a final Senate vote on the nomination on Saturday, after an earlier procedural vote on Friday.

A final vote could come Saturday on President Donald Trump's embattled candidate, who if approved would seal a conservative majority on the nine-seat court for decades.

Demonstrators wait in-line to enter Hart Senate Office Building for a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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.

But Democrats said the five-day inquiry was "incomplete" because it was limited by the White House.

The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination is coming to a head now as the Senate prepares to vote on his nomination, likely in the next two days.

FILE PHOTO: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Those not interviewed in the reopened background investigation included Kavanaugh himself and Christine Blasey Ford, who ignited the furor by alleging he'd molested her in a locked room at a 1982 high school gathering. "I might have been too emotional at times", Kavanaugh wrote.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is acknowledging he "might have been too emotional" in Senate testimony but says he can be counted on to be an "even-keeled" judge.

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All eyes are on the key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Feinstein said those restrictions raised "serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation and begs the question: What other restrictions has the White House placed on the FBI?".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets demonstrators protesting US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on October 4, 2018, in Washington. "We did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands", she said.

"Make no mistake, this investigation was rigged by the White House and Senate Republicans", said Sen.

Her testimony and the accusations of the other women have turned the Kavanaugh battle into the latest chapter in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. "These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations". Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, later told reporters that "the most notable part of this report is what's not in it". Kavanaugh himself has categorically denied the accusations against him, calling them "last minute smears" created to delay his nomination process further. They include Mark Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick Smyth, the people Ms. Blasey Ford has said she remembers at the party where she was assaulted.

A source familiar with Trump's campaign strategy said that whatever drawbacks Republican candidates might face from standing with Trump were far outweighed by the benefits of energizing Trump voters.

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", Stevens said in Florida. The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women.

"I feel pretty good about where we are", added Senator John Thune, a member of Senate Republican leadership. The group says in a statement that at last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he showed "extreme partisan bias", demonstrating he lacks the temperament to join the high court.

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