U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a cloture vote on Friday concerning Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cloture ends all debate on Kavanaugh relative to his nomination to the Court for Associate Justice, replacing Anthony Kennedy, who retired.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has sparked intense debate about his treatment of women.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her more than 30 years ago at a house party.
Kavanaugh, who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, denied the allegations. They were teenagers at the time.
The Judiciary Committee voted last Friday to have the FBI spend a week investigating Blasey Ford’s charges. President Trump endorsed the investigation.
On Wednesday, the FBI delivered the report in a sealed envelope for senators’ eyes only.
Three Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine said they haven’t decided how they will vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Kavanaugh needs 51 votes for confirmation to the Supreme Court. There are 51 Republican members of the Senate, but the three mentioned earlier have not yet decided whether to support Kavanaugh.
He is closer to a seat on the Supreme Court, but his opponents are outraged.
Police on Friday arrested 302 men, women and children outside the Supreme Court who were protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination.