Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gained the support of a key Republican senator Friday, virtually ensuring his nomination will advance to the full Senate a day after he adamantly denied the high-school-years sexual assault of a woman who testified she was “100 percent” he was guilty.
The vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee was set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley announced as the panel gaveled to order. Emotions running high, several Democratic senators walked out for a time in protest.
We recap the testimonies from yesterday and cover the Judiciary Committee vote live.
With files from the Associated Press
Lisa Camooso Miller, Republican political strategist with Reset PA, a communications and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C.; she has served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee and deputy communications director for Speaker Dennis Hastert; she tweets @camoosomiller
Lara Bazelon, professor of law at the University of San Francisco; she was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years; she has litigated Title IX cases
Jenna Parker, attorney in L.A. who specializes in Title IX cases with Werksman, Jackson, Hathaway & Quinn, LLP
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush
Marj Halperin, executive vice president and partner with Hawthorne Strategy Group, a strategic communications firm in Chicago
Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; he was an adviser for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen