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The vote follows four days of testimony surrounding his nomination last week, including two in which he answered a marathon of questions from senators on the committee.

Yale law school professor Akhil Reed Amar, a liberal testifying in support of Kavanaugh, had a message for Democratic senators: "Don't be mad". And the fact that some of these documents were forced out gave the Democrats the chance to point out that they still had not seen more than 90 percent of Kavanaugh's White House documents from the Bush White House.

But Dean predicted that with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, it would be "the most presidential powers-friendly court in the modern era".

Democratic Senator Cory Booker focused on an email he said described Kavanaugh's views as a Bush White House aide on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda Islamist militant group. But in questioning about the email Wednesday, Booker found an opening in Kavanaugh describing himself in the email as "generally race neutral", insisting it suggested there might instances in which he might be racially biased.

No, Kavanaugh should be removed because he was repeatedly asked under oath as part of his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit about whether he had received such information from Miranda, and each time he falsely denied it.

If he will rule on the Supreme Court as he has in his previous court decisions, Kavanaugh is expected to restore constitutional order and the balance of power between the three branches of the federal government. That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.

"The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor", Kavanaugh said. The email was one of the documents a lawyer for President George W. Bush turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee deemed "committee confidential", meaning it could not be discussed in public.

The disruptions throughout the hearing rankled senators on the Judiciary Committee. Susan Collins, R-Me., to oppose the nomination, maintaining that "there's a deep bench of conservative jurists to choose from, and surely the president can find one without Kavanaugh's strained relationship with the truth".

"No senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate, in my view, if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and the determination of confidentiality and classification". The documents had been unethically obtained and circulated by a Republican Senate aide. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey took turns aggressively questioning Kavanaugh in what many saw as a prelude to presidential primary campaigns. And Kavanaugh's testimony that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, "was settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court", and that it had been reaffirmed by a subsequent high court decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey - which he said was "precedent on precedent" - didn't do much to allay those concerns. If approved by the full Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

On the schedule Friday are more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight.