Senate prepares to vote on Supreme Court nomination

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WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- Senate Republicans say they’ve reviewed the new FBI investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him of sexual misconduct.

“No backup from any witnesses including those specifically named by those people named by the people who made the allegations,” Majority Leader Senator. Mitch McConnell said.

But Senate Democrats call the FBI’s investigation a sham.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the FBI’s hands were tied by the White House and Republican Senators.

“This was a very limited process that would constrain the FBI from getting all the facts,” he said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says Democrats have delayed long enough.

“What I’ve been dealing with, since July 10th, the downhill slope that Schumer’s put us on…is really like a demolition derby,” said Grassley.

The White House says it’s confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Senate Republican leaders have scheduled a key vote for Friday morning.

Protestors flooded Capitol Hill Thursday urging undecided Senators to vote no.

Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate, that means Kavanaugh’s confirmation depends on the votes of three moderate Republicans and a few “red state” Democrats..

Gary Nordlinger with George Washington University says the debate has struck a chord with voters of both parties.

“This could very well be energizing the Republican base so they will turn out and vote,” he said.

If the Senate votes to move forward with the confirmation Friday, a final confirmation vote is expected over the weekend.

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