Friday, September 28, 2018


Kavanaugh vote: Democrats walk out; women stand in silent protest

Four Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee left the hearing room Friday morning in protest when Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, set a time for a vote on a recommendation that Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. 
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, Kamala Harris, D-California, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, walked out of the room after two motions were offered and quickly voted on without discussion.
The first, was a motion to subpoena Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh’s who Christine Ford testified on Thursday was at a party in which she claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her. 
The second, was to set a “time certain” vote, meaning discussion will be cut off at a certain time and a vote will be taken. 
Grassley has set the time for the vote at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
“I strongly object. This is just totally ridiculous. What a railroad job. My answer is no, no, no!” Hirono said as she was asked to vote on the motion.
Sen. Corey Booker, D-New Jersey, and Harris sat silent, refusing to cast a vote.
The four senators let the room and went into the hall where they complained to reporters that Kavanaugh’s nomination was being “railroaded.”

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