Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Senate Votes On Kavanaugh Nomination

Senate Votes On Kavanaugh Nomination

They had gathered, they said, to express their displeasure with senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh despite the allegations of sexual assault made against him by Christine Blasey Ford and their belief that he was not truthful in his testimony before the Senate.

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

Joe Manchin crossing the aisle and becoming the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh's nomination. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and friend of Collins, has indicated that she will vote no, calling Kavanaugh "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote.

The vote was not a quiet affair. The showdown drew raucous demonstrators - largely anti-Kavanaugh - to the Capitol, where they raised tensions by repeatedly confronting lawmakers despite an intensified police presence.

He warned of the "profound stakes" of elections in which Democrats hope to ride a wave of anti-Trump fervor to congressional majorities.

U.S. Democrat senator Kirsten Gillibrand stands with comedian Amy Schumer, right, and actress model Emily Ratajkowski, centre, at a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday. Likes sunny spots with palm trees and drinks with umbrellas.

After weeks of debate within the Senate as well as widespread protests outside of it, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Senators will vote mid-morning on a procedural motion that, if successful, would pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday. These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce.

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His arrival on the bench offers the prospect of decades of conservative jurisprudence. "If we go through and put Brett Kavanaugh on the court, I just don't know what he's going to do at that point".

Trump also said Saturday that he is "a hundred percent" certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Kavanaugh.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".

Mr Kavanaugh now faces a final vote - which could be taken as early as Saturday. But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.

"Nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight", McConnell said in an interview ahead of the vote.

The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision.

While Collins acknowledged that Blasey Ford's testimony was honest, painful and compelling, and that the accuser is a sexual assault survivor, she added that "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME cast their votes in favour of Kavanaugh. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary. "I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

"As a lawyer, I'm committed to the principle that our courts serve justice through the rule of law, not politics".

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