ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
WASHINGTON – This morning, senators will view the sole copy of the supplemental FBI report on Brett Kavanaugh, alternating one hour between Republicans and Democrats.
A cloture motion was filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last night to end debate and filibuster and allow procession to a final majority vote of 51 for confirmation on Saturday.
With a slim 51-49 majority, Republicans call ill afford to lose any members to go against Kavanaugh.
Although no Democrats say they will support Kavanaugh, there are many reasons for a few Democrats in red states to vote for him. Neither Senator Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) nor Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) have not yet declared their position.
On the Republican side, the “gang of three” as McConnell calls them, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have publicly stated their positions either.
One potential hitch whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed is whether the FBI report contains any previously unknown damaging findings.
Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says of McConnell’s gambit to file a cloture motion early:
“If the report doesn’t come up with anything different than we know now not only will the president continue to support Judge Kavanaugh, but I think he’d have the votes to be confirmed.”
Doug Christian, Washington