Senate confirms Kavanaugh to top USA court

07 October, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The high court in June sided, on narrow legal grounds, with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for two men because of his Christian beliefs, but justices sidestepped the larger question of whether to allow broad religious-based exemptions to anti-discrimination laws.

It seems highly unlikely, but Collins could potentially still change her mind before the confirmation vote.

Mr Trump congratulated the Senate on its decision in a tweet.

Kavanaugh, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal, defended his performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee while committing to being an "open-minded" and "independent" judge.

Saturday's roll call marked the tightest successful Supreme Court confirmation vote in over 100 years, closer than even that of Clarence Thomas, who similarly faced sexual misconduct allegations.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", he wrote.

Republican plans to confirm Kavanaugh could still be slightly complicated by the personal life of Montana Republican Sen.

Well, the White House fought for this nomination, and won.

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the GOP leadership, said he would be "very surprised" if Murkowski switches her vote. "Sit down and be quiet'".

Crowds started forming in front of the Supreme Court building and at the US Capitol around 9 a.m. ET and grew through the morning. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades. Susan Collins' house against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.


"Many people voted for Donald Trump setting aside reservations about his experience, his character, his fitness for office, because they believed that Supreme Court appointments were that important", Dr Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies at Cornell University, told The Straits Times.

One of them, Republican Susan Collins, was due to announce at 3:00pm local time on Friday which way she would go in the final vote.

Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, in Washington on October 5, 2018, after the Senate voted to move to a final floor vote. She said she respected her colleagues' support for Kavanaugh, but added, "I also that think we're at a place where we need to think about the credibility and integrity of our institutions".

"Fairness would dictate that the claims (by Ford) at least should meet a threshold of "more likely than not" as our standard", she said during her floor speech. Referring to the judge's sworn response to Ford's testimony, Markey said, "We heard anger".

On top if everything else, an old tweet from November 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins. And expect some lackluster Republicans, many of which were turned off by Trump and sitting on the fence, to reconsider supporting their party in the midterms now.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

But Democratic senators said it had been incomplete.

When Sen. Susan Collins spoke on the Senate floor to announce she would vote for his confirmation, protesters began chanting: "Vote no, show up for ME women".

Capping a tense day on Friday, Collins of Maine declared on the Senate floor, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

The outcome had remained in doubt, however, after one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, defied her party and voted against moving ahead. Steve Daines, whose daughter is getting married out of town Saturday.

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