|In the end, it was business as usual. Sort of.
A day after Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s emotional defense, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who previously expressed doubts about Kavanaugh, ultimately joined the 11-vote GOP majority against the 10 Democratic votes. But he added what could be a potential monkey wrench: He voted yes on the condition that the full Senate vote be delayed for one week to allow time for the FBI to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, NBC News reports. The final Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh had been scheduled for Tuesday.
Four Senators—Susan Collins, R-Maine (pictured above); Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; and Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va.—have not indicated how they will vote. If only one votes yes and the rest of the Senate votes along party lines, Kavanaugh will be approved, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.
The American Bar Association, meanwhile, said the Senate should not hold a confirmation vote until the FBI has investigated sexual assault allegations by Ford and other women.
Before the committee voted, it denied a motion by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to subpoena Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high school classmate whom Ford said was a witness to her alleged sexual assault.
Several committee Democrats—including Blumenthal; Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii; Sen. Kamala D. Harris, Calif.; and Sheldon Whitehouse, R.I.—walked out in protest when the GOP majority approved scheduling a final committee vote for Friday afternoon.
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