>> Judge Brett Kavanaugh's stormy confirmation hearings are behind him.>> We have not been given an opportunity.>> But the fight over his Supreme Court nomination hasn't ended. The top democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Diane Feinstein on Thursday said she had referred a letter regarding Brett Kavanaugh to federal investigators, offering no other details.
The announcement coming soon after the committee decided to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next Thursday. This as abortion rights activists worry that Kavanaugh might help overturn Roe v Wade, are ratcheting up pressure on two undecided pro-choice Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday launched six-figure ad campaigns in Maine urging Collins to oppose Kavanaugh.
Supreme Court reporter, Lawrence Hurley.>> Liberal groups are hoping that they can put pressure on those two senators to switch, but so far there aren't really any signs of that's gonna happen.>> Collins and Murkowski both praised Kavanaugh's performance in the hearings.>> Kavanaugh didn't say anything explicitly at his hearing one way or another about whether he would vote to overturn Roe v Wade but what he did say was that Roe v Wade is a precedence of the court that's been reaffirmed.
>> But he avoided calling Roe v Wade settled law adding to fears he might support efforts to overturn it. Republicans want a Senate vote by the end of September, hoping Kavanaugh can be seated on the high court by the start of a new term on October 1st.