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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh answers questions coming from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee quashed quite a few motions coming from Democrats on Thursday in addition to set a date for the committee’s vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The committee’s vote on Kavanaugh, technically delayed a week, can be today scheduled for Sept. 20, following a 11-10 vote along party lines. Kavanaugh’s nomination could be considered by the full Senate as soon as late September. Republicans trust to confirm Kavanaugh before the start of the Supreme Court term in October.
Thursday’s vote came over heated objections coming from Democratic lawmakers, who have criticized Kavanaugh’s confirmation process in addition to sought to impose delays. Republicans overruled motions coming from Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, of California, Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, Richard Durbin, of Illinois, in addition to Chris Coons, of Delaware, all by 11-10 votes. The motions coming from Democrats sought to subpoena documents in addition to witnesses.
The committee’s Republican chairman, Charles Grassley of Iowa, has kept the confirmation process moving along despite vociferous in addition to at times theatrical opposition. He insisted Thursday which the vote would likely not be delayed further.
Democrats on the committee have accused Republicans of withholding documents related to Kavanaugh’s work within the administration of President George W. Bush in addition to as an attorney on Ken Starr’s team investigating President Bill Clinton within the late 1990s. Feinstein noted Thursday which less than a tenth of the documents related to Kavanaugh’s political career have been released.
“This specific committee has embarked on a badly broken process,” Blumenthal said.
Despite their objections, Democrats have failed to put together an effective strategy to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Kavanaugh can be widely supposed to be confirmed by the Judiciary Committee in addition to the full Senate later in September, barring any surprises. Republicans hold a narrow majority within the chamber, in addition to several Democrats running for re-election in states which President Donald Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to break coming from their party.
Trump named Kavanaugh to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered the court’s swing vote. The appointment of Kavanaugh, a conservative judge who Democrats expect to rule in favor of business interests in addition to against traditionally progressive causes such as gun control in addition to reproductive rights, could change the balance of the court for a generation.
Trump’s first nominee to the high court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed by a vote of 54-45, with three Democrats voting in favor.