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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s drive to cement the conservative grip on the top U.S. court faces a major test on Friday as the Senate holds a key procedural vote on Brett Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court nomination has set off a political brawl.
Senate Republicans were growing more confident they would win the 10:30 a.m. (1430 GMT) vote after two wavering Republican senators responded positively on Thursday to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The Senate plans a final confirmation vote on Saturday.
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Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct, wrote on Twitter that the FBI report showed that the allegations against Kavanaugh were “totally uncorroborated.”
The confirmation of Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, would tip the balance on the Supreme Court to a 5-4 conservative majority. He was nominated by Trump to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was seen as a swing vote on the court.
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While she did not pledge support for Kavanaugh, moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said the FBI probe appeared thorough.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who voted for Kavanaugh at the committee level on the condition that the FBI look more closely into the allegations against Kavanaugh, said he saw no additional information corroborating the accusations.
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Most Democrats opposed Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset, but their objections sharpened when Christine Blasey Ford, now a college professor in California, and two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.