UPDATE: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday on an 11-10 party-line vote, with all Republicans supporting President Donald Trump’s pick and all Democrats voting against him.
Kavanaugh’s nomination now moves to the full Senate, which is expected to hold its final vote early next week. There are four key senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, who have not yet indicated how they intend to vote. The nomination would fail if all Democrats vote no and the two Republicans on the fence defect and oppose Kavanaugh.
BREAKING: As cmte. returns, Republican Sen. Flake calls for limited FBI background investigation for Judge Kavanaugh “to make sure we do all due diligence” for this nomination. https://t.co/iclBY1N7Vf— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 28, 2018
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said before the vote that the full Senate vote should be delayed for one week to allow time for the FBI to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
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ORIGINAL: Watch live as the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, after delaying the vote several hours on Friday.
If Kavanaugh’s nomination passes, a final vote in the Senate could take place as early as next week.
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The vote follows a late night huddle among Republican senators to discuss the dramatic testimony given by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that she is “100 percent” certain that it was the nominee who sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and Kavanaugh, who furiously denied her charge, on Thursday.