I might have been too emotional at hearing, says Brett Kavanaugh

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It is not a done deal, however.

No Republicans have said they will vote against Mr Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

Under new rules approved a year ago, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote. Their votes will likely decide whether he is confirmed.

But anger and frustration knew no party on the eve of expected voting. That same threshold of 50 also applies to the final confirmation vote.

Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer. Said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., "The senators who requested the supplemental background check got what they requested, and I am ready to vote".

Democrats complained that the investigation was shoddy, omitting interviews with numerous potential witnesses, and accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway.

"I think it's safe to say the national spectacle the professional left has created around Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process has now reached some kind of fever pitch", he said, adding the past 17 days have been a "feeding frenzy" against Kavanaugh and his family.

And now Kavanaugh's agreeing so himself, or at least partly, in an op-ed he wrote that The Wall Street Journal published on the night of October 4. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit". "Based on the information we have, we're unable to corroborate with any other account what the allegations are", she said Wednesday. Two other women have accused him of sexual misconduct during his university years.

"Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of the land", the letter states.

In the op-ed, Kavanaugh stood firm in his assertion that, if confirmed, he'd be a trusted associate justice, writing that the USA could count on him "to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh writes an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal addressing his emotional Senate testimony; WSJ panel weighs in on 'The Story'. "I've changed my views for reasons that have no relationship to his intellectual ability ..."

A sea of women, thousands of protesters, marched on the Supreme Court and many infiltrated Senate office buildings to hold loud sit-in protests against the judge.

Protesters on Capitol Hill on Thursday carried signs calling the judge a liar and "unfit" to serve. "I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said in Boca Raton, according to The Palm Beach post.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley made his remarks - and urged his colleagues to confirm the conservative judge - in a written statement hours after the post-midnight delivery of the Federal Bureau of Investigation document to Congress. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".

A second undeclared Republican, Susan Collins of ME, also expressed satisfaction with the probe, calling it "a very thorough investigation" and paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers.

All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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