Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

07 October, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins flew the flag of her home state ME upside down to protest her backing of Kavanaugh.

If they have enough votes to move ahead with the nomination on Friday and have 50 without Daines on Saturday, they'll hold the vote.

Ultimately, it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - came out against the nomination on Thursday, and referenced Ford's testimony in explaining her decision.

A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination could occur over the weekend.

All three senators - along with Arizona Republican Jeff Flake - had been publicly undecided for weeks as they faced unrelenting pressure from both sides.

In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, the 61-year-old Republican said that one of the roles she takes most seriously as a US senator is the task to "advise and consent" on Supreme Court nominations.

She praised his judicial record and argued there was no corroboration of sexual assault charges made against him by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s, all of which Kavanaugh has denied.

Murkowski chose the opposite path.

"I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.

"This hasn't been fair to the judge, but I also recognize that we need to have institutions that are viewed as fair", she said.

Collins' announcement was instantly met with widespread outrage.

"Hey @LisaMurkowski - I can see 2022 from my house.", she tweeted Friday.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, volunteered herself on Twitter as a Democratic opponent to Collins in Maine.


Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley stops to speak briefly with the media at US Capitol on 3 October 2018. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sat directly in front of Collins and pivoted his seat around to face her.

More than 300 people were arrested at the protests, including the comedian Amy Schumer, who is a second cousin of Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer, and model Emily Ratajkowski.

She called her decision to cast the lone GOP vote against the nominee the toughest of her career. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said.

If Democrats flip the House in November, some have indicated they will support an investigation into, and possible impeachment of, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is expected to be confirmed on Saturday. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome. But after watching his testimony, she said, she could not in her conscience conclude "that he is the right person" for the court at this time. She was re-elected in 2016.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

"Countless North Dakotans and others close to me have since reached out and told me their stories of being raped or sexually assaulted - and expressed the same anguish and fear".

She reprimanded Democrats for being "dead-set on defeating this nomination from the get-go before he was even named". He added that the "common public perception" at the time was that the sentencing was "too light".

"I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard". You can't find corroborating evidence you don't look for.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, another swing vote, voted no in the procedural voting.

"There are a minimum of 7 additional people, known to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who knew about the assault prior to the nomination who were not interviewed", Koegler wrote.

The first lady also would not say if she believed Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation. The leadership will gauge how to handle it based on Friday's cloture vote.

In the past two years, she played coy on whether she would vote for Donald Trump (she did not), whether she would vote to keep the Affordable Care Act (she did), and whether she would vote for a major tax reform bill (she agreed to it at the last minute).

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