Protests consume Senate building ahead of Kavanaugh vote

McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation leveled against him by Ford.

That creates heightened uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans will have the votes to confirm the nominee.

All eyes remain on three Republican senators who have yet to announce how'll they vote: Sens.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Brett Kavanaugh's testimony before the Judiciary Committee was "so shocking" it makes him unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

In this September 4, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, listens to Sen.

Thousands of mainly female demonstrators marched on Thursday through the nation's capital, starting at the appeals court where Judge Kavanaugh now presides.

He also said the allegations against him were part of what he called a leftwing conspiracy to keep him off the court.

"We believe Christine Ford" banners, unfurled at a Senate office building where police began arresting hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in.

They said 302 people were detained in total, with comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski reportedly among those arrested.

Walking to the Capitol, Democratic Sen.

There was another protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

As swing-vote senators processed the FBI's findings, Kavanaugh was forced to fend off another criticism of his nomination: his temperament.

"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".




"He gratuitously indulged in hyperpartisan rhetoric against "the left, ' describing his stormy confirmation as 'a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and 'revenge on behalf of the Clintons, '" The Post's editorial board wrote.

That report was turned over the Senate Judiciary Committee late Wednesday.

The United States Senate should not confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, Human Rights Watch said yesterday in a letter to US senators.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he disagreed with the statement by Mr Grassley that the report found "no hint of misconduct" by Mr Kavanaugh.

Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley stops to speak briefly with the media at US Capitol on 3 October 2018.

However, senior Democrats attacked the process, calling the investigation "incomplete" and accusing the White House of limiting its scope.

One Republican Senator, John Cornyn, raised eyebrows by telling his party this was "our Atticus Finch moment", a reference to the lawyer in classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird who refutes a false rape allegation.

With a razor-thin majority in the upper chamber, Senate Republicans can afford to lose only one GOP vote if all Democrats vote against the nomination. Sen.

The FBI report was not released to the public. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said Thursday that he is ready to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation and that continued delays and accusations are meant to "humiliate" the nominee.

The divisive debate over Kavanaugh, inflamed by the accusations of sexual misconduct, provoked demonstrations by thousands of people on Thursday. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has said she'll vote no.

The jockeying for final votes to confirm Kavanaugh is playing out as the senators review the highly anticipated report from the FBI investigating two allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

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