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publicans gained new confidence Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh could be voted on to the US Supreme Court. That's after two wavering GOP senators responded positively to an FBI report investigating claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the judge. Senator Jeff Flake said the report uncovered no new evidence against Kavanaugh and Susan Collins said that the report appeared quote, very thorough.
However, neither explicitly voiced support for the nominee. The new spring in the GOP's step came as thousands of opponents to the nomination rallied outside the Supreme Court.>> You're not welcome here!>> I think we're gonna get arrested.>> With comedian, Amy Schumer among hundreds arrested. At his own rally on Thursday, Trump continued to beat the drum for his nominee.
>> He is an incredible intellect, an incredible person, an incredible talent.>>
>> Also on Thursday, retired Supreme Court justice, John Paul Stevens spoke against Kavanaugh saying. He does not belong in the court because of what he called quote, potential bias, after the nominee's combative performance during the senate confirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh himself defended the performance in a Wall Street Journal op-ed saying he quote, might have been too emotional at times. Republicans were aiming for a procedural vote on Friday, followed by final vote Saturday to approve Kavanaugh's nomination. The Republicans only hold a two-seat majority but now there's also a possible no-show on Friday by another GOP Senator Steve Daines saying he plans to attend his daughter's wedding.
And that means that the Republicans will have to vote unanimously in favor of Kavanaugh as it looks like the Democrats will stay united in opposition. The FBI's report was submitted to the senate committee early Thursday. Top Republicans said the FBI's work did not corroborate the claims against Kavanaugh but Democrats accuse the report of ignoring critical witnesses.
Neither Kavanaugh nor his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford were interviewed. Ford gave her testimony in the Senate last week,>> Them to get out of the house.>> Alleging Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in 1982. Kavanaugh has denied the claim.>> An elaboration or