Kavanaugh Panel Vote Delayed Until Next Week

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The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until next week, as the deeply bitter fight over his confirmation intensified and a handful of moderate senators continued to deliberate privately over whether to support him, the Washington Post reports. The committee voted 11-10 on Thursday to hold the vote on Sept. 20. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to set a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the final week of September. Democrats are complaining about the confirmation process and pressing for more documents from President Trump’s nominee. “It has been rushed through to judgment in a highly partisan and failed way,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Democratic senators and others working to defeat Kavanaugh believe he significantly misled the committee more than a decade ago on his involvement in controversial Bush-era programs and judicial confirmations. One example: Kavanaugh testified he was not involved in the confirmation of Judge William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, but emails from the White House counsel’s office show he received invitations for meetings and conference calls to discuss confirmation strategies for Pryor. Senate Democrats say Kavanaugh was not truthful when he said he wasn’t aware he had received documents obtained by Republican staffers on a server they shared with Democrats during the Bush judicial nomination fights. Emails released last week, Democrats contend, bolster their argument that Kavanaugh should have at least known that the information had been taken without permission from Democrats.

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