US Senate committee to vote on Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Washington - Dramatic and emotional testimony from a woman alleging sexual assault against US Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh looked unlikely to slow his nomination process, with a committee vote on his nomination reportedly set to proceed on Friday.

Republican senators told the Washington Post that the Senate Judiciary Committee would vote on their party's Supreme Court candidate on Friday.
"I'm optimistic we'll get to confirmation," leading Senator John Cornyn was quoted as saying.
If approved, the full Senate could vote on the divisive candidate as early as Tuesday.
The committee website showed a meeting scheduled to start at 9:30 am (1330 GMT).
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology, accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom when they were in high school some 35 years ago. She gave an emotional testimony to the Senate committee on Thursday in which she said she was 100-per-cent certain of her allegation.
Kavanaugh angrily denied the claim, telling senators that he would not be "intimidated" into withdrawing his bid to secure a lifetime position on the United States' highest court.
Minutes after the hearing ended, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for Kavanaugh and accused the opposition Democrats of an "effort to delay, obstruct, and resist."
Democrats have been pushing for more investigations and a halt to the nomination process. Ford is one of three women to have accused the judge of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
Trump's Republican Party holds a slim majority on the Judiciary Committee and the Senate plenary, with mid-term elections set for next month.

Friday, September 28th 2018

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