Former President George W. Bush has reached out to multiple senators who were on the fence about voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Bush called several Republicans and Democrats who had yet to make up their minds about Kavanaugh as of Thursday night and urged them to support him, a list that includes Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, testified separately in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday about her allegations. Senators both on the committee and off it held late-night meetings after the hearing to discuss what they had learned and what their final vote might be.
Friday morning, the committee voted on party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a committee vote later in the day. If he makes it through the vote — and indications are that he will after Flake said he will back Kavanaugh — the full Senate is expected to take up the vote early next week.
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