Kavanaugh's confirmation looking likely after Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

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Brett Kavanaugh has moved one step closer to being confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice after winning a crucial vote.

WASHINGTON - US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that he "might have been too emotional at times" in his Senate testimony last week in which he denied accusations of sexual misconduct.

But in this case, that gulf appears to be widening, as Democrats increasingly reject his nomination and Republicans at least hold steady. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been undecided.

Kavanaugh and California professor Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the committee on September 27. Kavanaugh denied the allegations vehemently, calling them "an orchestrated political hit", but his confirmation vote was put on hold while the FBI investigated the claims.

"Judge Kavanaugh stated at his hearing that the individuals at the incident involving Dr. Ford refuted her version of events", Schumer said Thursday.

But that evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982, when both were teenagers.

Even before they voted no Friday morning, Democratic senators like Delaware's Chris Coons, who struck a deal with Flake last week that spawned the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, said the matter had become bigger than just whether to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

Daines said Friday that his longtime family friend and colleague, Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., swooped in to "save the day" by offering his plane. "I'm going to go back to my office and write a floor statement that is more fulsome". If she supports Trump's nominee, she might provoke a backlash among core supporters that could depress Democratic turnout in her bid for a second term. "Despite the gross mishandling of background material by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, the Chairman of the Committee has promptly and professionally investigated every credible (and incredible), last-minute allegation against Judge Kavanaugh, consistent with standard committee practices".

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Mais le président a tempéré mercredi son soutien à l' "homme remarquable " qu'est selon lui le magistrat. C'est le rire, le rire bruyant des deux " garçons dans la chambre " qui s'amusaient à mes dépens ".

"So far, none of the Republican senators have vouched to vote against Kavanaugh, although four in the party have not committed themselves to supporting him."

"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House, I don't know", Feinstein told reporters. Two other women also emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct. His combative and at times downright angry performance drew criticism that Kavanaugh lacked the unbiased, judicious demeanor needed to sit on the high court.

The result of the cloture vote has set up the ability for one more vote to be held, which is expected over the weekend, probably Saturday.

Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

As noted by USA Today, Friday's vote essentially stops Democrats from filibustering and pushing off a vote on Kavanaugh. Key GOP senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests dividing the nation. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

Under new rules approved past year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote, which is on ending debate on the confirmation and moving to a formal and definitive confirmation vote.