The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday along party lines to report to the Senate floor the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court associate justice. But in a last-minute deal, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay of that full Senate confirmation vote to allow the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the panel Thursday.
There was no binding motion voted on by the committee to secure the deal, however, leading to some confusion at the end of the meeting. Watch and listen to the full vote.
Several Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of a hearing in progress on Friday, after the Republican majority voted (with two Democrats refusing to vote in protest) to set a final vote on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono and Sheldon Whitehouse walked out of the hearing room in Dirksen. Booker and Harris were the two who declined to vote on the motion to set a vote time.
Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales has a dozen updates to his House ratings, all in favor of Democrats. Watch the video for more on Republicans' efforts this September to discredit Democrats in key races as the midterm election is now just seven weeks away.
New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer brought Roll Call politics reporter Simone Pathé to Jimmy T’s diner a few blocks from the Capitol, heralding the hole-in-the-wall eatery as reminiscent of the many diners in his home state.
“There’s nothing obnoxious and fancy, or stuffy, about a diner,” Gottheimer said, comparing the unpretentious air of a diner to what he calls "New Jersey values."
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