Here’s why confirming Kavanaugh could seriously undermine the Supreme Court’s public standing

Stacey Abrams and Beto O'Rourke

The protest began at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Barrett Prettyman Courthouse - where Kavanaugh now sits as a judge - and will culminate at the Supreme Court.

The FBI inquiry began last week at the direction of the White House after Republican Sen.

Under new rules approved previous year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote.

"Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree that Kavanaugh's confirmation process has become 'a national disgrace.' Even among Democrats whose senators have been leading the charge against the nominee, 40% agree, and only slightly more (43%) disagree, but 17% are undecided", writes Rasmussen. The price of locking in a conservative Supreme Court majority for decades may be loosing control of Congress this November.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet. Some held signs calling Kavanaugh a liar and "unfit" to serve.

Police rounded the protesters up in a Senate office building after they sat down and refused to budge.

US Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them said to be comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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

Recent polls show a majority of women think the Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh.

"An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation", they said, adding that "those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth".

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Kavanaugh has strongly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I feel his performance in the hearings ultimately changed my mind", Stevens said, noting that he believes "there's merit to that criticism" about Kavanaugh's temperament disqualifying him from the court, and that "senators should really pay attention to that".

"Part of why this investigation was asked for was it gets the burden off of the Senate and drops it into the FBI's lap", Anderson asserted.

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 United States court.

McConnell addressed the fact that the Democrat senators were the ones pushing for an FBI investigation and when the information came back, "they turned on a dime and started claiming his real sin was that he spoke up too forcefully, in defense of his good name and his family".

The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh may be coming to a close, but the controversy surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appears to be ongoing.

Heitkamp has been viewed as a potential swing vote and one of the senators who could decide the fate of the nomination.

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said yesterday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana tomorrow, making him unavailable to cast his vote. They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans have said that the document contains no evidence against Kavanaugh.

A few women who identified themselves as sexual assault survivors approached Republican Sen.

Some 3,000 protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court yesterday to protest against Mr Kavanaugh's proposed appointment. Incumbent Democrats Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Jon Tester in Montana have both said they will vote against Kavanaugh.

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