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Trump Stands by His Man, Tells Senate to Vote on Kavanaugh

Lengthy day of testimony yields same position from president

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (POOL PHOTO/SAUL LOEB/AFP)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (POOL PHOTO/SAUL LOEB/AFP)

As Republicans headed to a closed-door meeting to discuss Brett Kavanaugh’s fate, President Donald Trump made clear he is standing by his Supreme Court nominee.

“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” Trump tweeted. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist.”

Trump then sent a message to GOP Senate and Judiciary Committee leaders, writing: “The Senate must vote!”

As Senate Republicans headed to a conference meeting to discuss the nomination, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters the plan is for the Judiciary Committee to hold a business meeting on Friday to vote on the nomination.

Watch: Brett Kavanaugh’s Full Opening Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee

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