WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Friday the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to move forward with the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Key swing votes, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) helped move the confirmation along to the upcoming full Senate floor vote.
Members of Congress weigh in on the contentious, politically-divided process.
The federal appeals court judge, elevated for Supreme Court consideration by President Donald Trump, seemed on track to join the bench without much doubt until a few weeks ago. A California professor, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, recently came forward and testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago at a high school party.
After considering the allegations, democrats widely called for further review and a cancellation of the nomination process. As a compromise, GOP Senator Jeff Flake pushed for the Trump administration to re-open an FBI background check into Kavanaugh.
That additional probe of Kavanaugh lasted less than a week. The contents of that report remain confidential. Many republicans say upon reviewing the information, there was no corroboration of any misconduct claims. But, democrats say they disagree and accuse the White House of limiting the scope of the investigation.