Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh

13 September, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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After Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) described a fast-growing fund that will go toward defeating her in 2020 if she decides to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a form of "bribery", the backers of that effort say such a reaction by the senator is clear proof she doesn't understand the concept of democracy. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act past year.

When asked about one of the more contentious moments of his hearing, when he appeared to avoid a handshake with Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among the victims killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February, Kavanaugh said he thought Guttenberg was a protester and his security detail subsequently intervened.

"It had been a chaotic morning with a large number of protestors in the hearing room", Kavanaugh explained.

"And that was from two men, which I think really shows how this is an issue that's not just affecting women", McCammond said.

"Mr. Guttenberg has suffered an incalculable loss". He says if he had known who Guttenberg was, "I would have shaken his hand, talked to him, and expressed my sympathy".

But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start.


The Judiciary committee is slated to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation Thursday, which will be followed by a vote on the Senate floor. Wednesday's disclosure brings the total to 75. The conservative group Judicial Watch wants an investigation.

Booker "explicitly invited his expulsion from the Senate in his egregious violation of the rules and contempt for the rule of law and the Constitution", said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Even if all Democrats voted against Kavanaugh, two Republicans would have to join them to defeat the nomination, now that the Republican caucus is at full strength, with Jon Kyl filling the seat of John McCain of Arizona, who died last month. A vote is expected later this month.

The committee was hoping to quickly process Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail and relied on Bush's lawyer, Bill Burck, to compile the documents, first estimated to be 900,000 pages from Kavanaugh's time in the counsel's office.

Judiciary Committee Democrats repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh on abortion rights, gay rights, health care, executive authority and the ongoing Russian Federation probe last week, but the often-contentious exchanges did not spur a critical group of centrist Democrats to commit to voting for or against the nominee. He said senators have "more than enough information" to consider Kavanaugh's nomination.

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