Key Republican senator backs Kavanaugh for U.S

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Dianne Feinstein of California, that committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic Judiciary panel hearing should "worry us all", citing "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee.

Among those interviewed were Mark Judge, PJ Smyth, and Leland Keyser, the three other teens that Christine Blasey Ford said were at a house party where she alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982.

Eight Gonzaga law school professors are among the more than 2,400 signatories to a letter to the U.S. Senate asking the body not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed on Saturday", Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters.

The Alaska senator was the only Republican Friday to vote against moving forward on Kavanaugh, calling it a "very, very difficult" decision. Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.

While GOP leaders were not saying they'd nailed down the support needed, backing from two of those three would ensure Kavanaugh's confirmation because every other Republican was poised to back him. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said.

Collins said the FBI investigation appeared to be thorough. Quite apart from the merits of Ford's allegations against him, Kavanaugh's display on Thursday-if I were a senator voting on confirmation-would preclude my support.

Senator Jeff Flake - who requested an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's behavior - voted yes, but today's success does not mean Kavanaugh's confirmation is guaranteed.

Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, wants to finish reading the report before he makes a decision, his spokesman Casey Contres told the Denver Post.

Palin and the Murkowski family have had strained political relations since the early 2000s, according to reporting by Fox News.

Roche also described Kavanaugh's drinking as "unusual" and said he drank heavily to the point of becoming "angry" and "belligerent".

Voting no on Kavanaugh was "the most hard decision" of her Senate career, Murkowski told reporters afterward. From all reports, the questioning was limited to just a few people, allegedly listed out by the White House, with no follow-up on several public statements by Kavanaugh's classmates and roommates over his drinking and reported boorish behaviour.

Separately, in an extraordinary mea culpa, the man at the center of the storm, admitted he may have been too emotional and said things he should not have said in last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, while insisting he is an independent and impartial nominee. If confirmed as expected, Kavanaugh will win a seat on the Supreme Court bench by one of the narrowest margins in decades.

Kavanaugh stands credibly accused of sexual assault, and in Human Rights Watch's view the allegations against him have not been adequately investigated.

The Judiciary Committee then sent the nomination to the full Senate on the condition that the Federal Bureau of Investigation perform a supplemental background check on the nominee. Kavanaugh fully denies them.

"I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. "A guy who has been a great judge who I think will become a great Supreme Court justice".