George W. Bush called undecided senators to sway them to vote for Kavanaugh: report

Former President George W. Bush reportedly called senators who were previously undecided in their vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in an effort to sway them to favor Kavanaugh's nomination, The Washington Post reported Thursday.


Bush reportedly reached out to senators who were previously undecided ahead of the Senate panel’s vote on Friday, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Mnuchin meets with Senate GOP to shore up ranks on Russia sanctions vote MORE (R-Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least CBS News in talks to hire Flake: report MORE (R-Ariz.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks The Hill's Morning Report — No new negotiations as shutdown hits 25 days MORE (D-W.Va.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight McConnell: Senate will not recess if government still shutdown Kaine threatens to object to Senate leaving for recess MORE (R-Alaska), aides told the newspaper.

It is unclear whether the former president reached out to senators before Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse him publicly of sexual assault, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Ford alleged in gripping detail in her testimony Friday that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her, saying that she feared he might "accidentally kill me" by allegedly putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams.

Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in testimony Thursday, in addition to several other allegations of sexual misconduct that have surfaced against him from two other women.

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination after Flake secured a deal to delay a floor vote on the nomination for a week.

“I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope,” he said.

During the vote, Flake said he was voting to advance the judge “with that understanding” and said he has spoken “to a few other members on my side of the aisle who support it as well.”

The Arizona Republican added that senators should do “what we can to make sure that we do all do diligence with a nomination this important.”

It's still not clear whether Kavanaugh can get to at least 50 votes on the Senate floor, which would allow Vice President Pence to break a tie and confirm him to the Supreme Court. Collins and Murkowski remain undecided.