Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination advances to final vote

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, above second left, cleared a procedural hurdle before the final Senate vote on his confirmation on Saturday.

His nomination was advanced by a 51-49 vote on Friday after a week-long delay and hue and cry over allegations of sexual misconduct against him by two of his classmates that made FBI take a second look at the charges. The agency’s report submitted to the Senate on Thursday found no corroborative evidence against judge Kavanaugh.

Republicans called the report “very through”.  Democrats found it incomplete and too limited in scope. According to them, the report was a rush job micromanaged by the White House.

President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very proud” of the senate for advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination.

In his speech before the vote, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the FBI report did not come up with any corroborative evidence against Kavanaugh. The accusations caused much pain to the distinguished judge and his family. The presumption of innocence is sacrosanct, McConnell said.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary Committee chairman, accused Democrats of trying to destroy Kavanaugh before he could be confirmed

GOP Senators Susan Collins from Maine and Jeff Flake from Arizona voted for final vote while fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski from Alaska voted against. Democratic Senator of West Virginia Joe Manchin voted for advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Saturday’s vote will be interesting if Murkowski and Manchin vote ‘No’. Murkowski seems to have made up her mind on the final vote when she said Kavanaugh is a good man but not the right man for the court at this time.

Before Friday’s vote, Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal admitting that his testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee was forceful and passionate and his tone was sharp.