(BIVN) – The U.S. Senate advanced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court with a 51 to 49 vote Friday morning.
The procedural vote, which comes after a review of the FBI report on its supplemental investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, sets up a final confirmation vote that could come as early as Saturday.
Yesterday, the Democratic U.S. Senator from Hawaiʻi, Mazie Hirono, took to the floor of the Senate to decry the week-long FBI investigation.
“It is simply impossible, after seeing the results of the FBI’s supplemental work – I hesitate to call it an investigation – that anybody could think it was in any way, shape or form, the ‘comprehensive’ work the President promised,” Senator Hirono said, in a video of her floor speech posted to Facebook. “This so-called investigation is a sham. It is a fig leaf for the Republicans to hide behind. It is a talking point for their continued and predictable criticism of Democrats. ‘See?’ they will say, ‘you wanted an FBI investigation and you got one. But now it isn’t good enough for you.’ Well, it wasn’t good enough for me. And it shouldn’t be good enough to satisfy the American people.”
In an earlier post, the Senator from Hawaiʻi said that Judge Kavanaugh “arguably violated the Code of Conduct for United States Judges that binds him as a sitting judge on the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit” when he “dropped the polite veneer he presented at his confirmation hearing” and, under later questioning, “launched into a partisan political screed that contradicted everything he has ever professed to believe about the way judges should behave.”