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Brett Kavanaugh vote: Senate Judiciary Committee to vote after hearing

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Brett Kavanaugh
Brett
Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary committee
over sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey
Ford.

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  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to
    favorably recommend the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee
    Brett Kavanaugh at 9:30 a.m. ET.
  • The vote comes after a historic day of emotional testimony
    from him and Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who
    accuses him of sexually assaulting her in high school.
  • If the committee votes to advance his nomination, the first
    procedural floor vote will take place Saturday. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Friday on whether to
favorably recommend the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh at 9:30 a.m. ET, following a dramatic, marathon
day of testimony from him and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman
who accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school.

The committee is composed of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
While most Republicans on the committee are expected to vote to
give Kavanaugh a favorable recommendation, all eyes will be on
Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, undecided
Republicans who could sway the vote. 

Ford, a psychology professor in California, accuses Kavanaugh of
groping and attempting to rape her during a Maryland house party
in 1982, when he was 17 and she was 15. 

“This isn’t easy for anybody,” Flake told reporters after
the testimony on Thursday. “Some of us have been talking for a
while — similar questions I guess.”

If Kavanaugh’s nomination makes it out of committee, the first
procedural floor vote to advance his confirmation is scheduled
for Saturday at noon ET. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could
still move to bring the nomination to the full Senate even if the
committee doesn’t vote favorably.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh delivered highly emotional testimonies
that captivated the nation and the world. While Ford said she was
“terrified” to be in the spotlight and held back tears at time,
she delivered a thorough and steady recounting of the assault and
its effects on her life, weaving in her scientific expertise on
the effects of trauma on the brain. 

When Kavanaugh took the stand, he gave a passionate, vehement,
and sometimes angry denial of the allegations, sparring with
senators and accusing Democratic forces of concocting a plot to
tank his nomination.

He delved deep into details about his life in high school and
touted his record of supporting and advancing the careers of
female lawyers to defend both his qualifications to be on the
Supreme Court — and his honor. Republicans left the day perhaps
rallied even more around his
nomination
, even as some senators remained on the fence.

“It’s shameful what has gone on in this country in the last two
weeks,” Montana Sen. Steve Daines told Business Insider. “This
has brought the United States Senate to an all-time low.”

After the hearings, the American Bar Association took the
extraordinary step of recommending an FBI investigation
into the allegations
before proceeding with his confirmation.

This is a developing story. Check back for
updates. 

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