Senate paves way for Kavanaugh confirmation

08 October, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got support Friday from key fence-sitting U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), likely putting him over the top for confirmation when the final vote is taken.

Kavanaugh's confirmation vote is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Now that Kavanaugh has cleared the procedural vote, his confirmation, political observers believe would be easy, unless a major last-minute hiccup pops up.

Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s - claims he fiercely denied - the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval.

With 50 senators voting "yes" and 48 senators voting "no", Kavanaugh was confirmed with a almost party-line vote and one of the narrowest margins ever. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law past year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

The FBI submitted its investigation early this week, which was then sent to the Senate for the lawmakers to have a look at it and have an informed decision. She also said that while she believed Christine Blasey Ford was a victim of trauma, she cast doubt on Ford's story. "This has truly been the most hard evaluation of a decision that I've ever had to make, and I've made some interesting ones in my political career", she said. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted not to move the nomination ahead.

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

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", said Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.


Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Judge Brett Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed.

Overwhelmingly, most listeners who called in supported Kavanaugh and applauded swing vote Sen.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh responds to questions during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Two other women stepped forward in the days that followed with their own allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Senator Collins will be well-funded [too], I can assure you", McConnell said. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

When Mr Trump nominated Mr Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

"In my view", she continued, "he's not the right man for the court at this time". And this is what she gave them in return.

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