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(Portland, OR)  --  Senator Jeff Merkley is asking a federal judge to delay the Senate from voting on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this weekend.  Merkley asked the judge yesterday to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the Senate from taking a final vote.  Merkley has filed a lawsuit claiming President Trump violated the constitution by withholding documents from Kavanaugh's past.  Merkley says that prevented senators from making an informed decision of Kavanaugh's nomination to the court.  The judge on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for next week, but Merkley says Senator Mitch McConnell's decision to schedule votes before that hearing would render the hearing useless.  Merkley adds that the FBI report into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh is a "sham," saying it was designed to provide cover for Kavanaugh, not the truth.

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