First key swing senator says NO to Kavanaugh: Democrat Heidi Heitkamp will vote against Trump’s nominee leaving his fate in hands of three Republicans and one red-state Dem

Thursday, October 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday that she will cast a ‘no’ vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination
Party leaders clashed over a new background probe of Brett Kavanaugh released to senators Thursday
Senators got their first peek at the new information Thursday under conditions that were highly restrictive
The Supreme Court nominee is to get a procedural vote on Friday
Republican Susan Collins said there had been a ‘very thorough investigation’
Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday morning: there had been ‘no additional corroborating information’
Kavanaugh’s fate is now in the hands of three Republicans and one Democrat
The statements were taken as an indication Republicans had an edge to finding a way to confirm Kavanaugh by a narrow vote
White House has seen FBI report into sex assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh
Report gives no corroboration to claims by Christine Blasey Ford, sources say
Senators will review report Thursday before voting on Supreme Court nominee
Democrats have already raised concerns that probe wasn’t comprehensive

4 October 2018

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday that she will cast a ‘no’ vote when the full Senate convenes to decide on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

‘The process has been bad,’ Heitkamp told her home-state WDAY-TV. ‘But at the end of the day you have to make a decision, and I’ve made that decision.’

‘I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh.’

In a statement minutes later, Heitkamp said that ‘[i]n addition to the concerns about his past conduct, last Thursday’s hearing called into question Judge Kavanaugh’s current temperament, honesty, and impartiality.’

Senate Republicans and Democrats engaged in angry clashes Thursday over the quickly-completed FBI background investigation into sex assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh – with no new light appearing to have been shed by the rushed probe.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Thursday afternoon that the FBI report ‘did not corroborate any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.’

He complained about the Democrats stalling for time, saying that ‘there’s no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats. They’ve always got a reason why the goalposts have got to be moved farther down the field.’

‘They’re dug in,’ he claimed.

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