Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

The Alaska senator expressed dismay at the acrimony in Kavanaugh's confirmation process and said on the Senate floor, "I am really anxious that this becomes the new normal, where we find new and even more creative ways to tear one another down, that good people are just going to say forget".

The decision will come down to what Ms. Collins and Mr. Manchin decide for the vote now scheduled for Saturday.

Murkowski's stance broke with the other three previously undecided senators who announced their decisions Friday. Senators could still change their support in the coming day, but continued support from Collins, Flake and Manchin would push Kavanaugh's confirmation through.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks towards to the Senate chamber to listen to Sen.

Keeping it dramatic, Murkowski said her "No" on Kavanaugh was one of the "most difficult" she has made in her political career.

Grassley was pulled off the Senate floor by an aide so that he could expand on his remarks, at which point he explained that the committee's intense partisanship and heavy workload have made it a less glamorous post for any senator.

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Kavanaugh denied the allegations, but two more women came with different sexual assault allegations against him.

A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel could take place as soon as Saturday.

She told reporters that Mr Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

Given that Republicans have a razor-thin margin of control in the Senate, the party can potentially only afford another defection if it wants to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - assuming the two swing senators vote the same in the next 24 hours. "I have been wrestling to-to really try to know what is fair and what is right and the truth is none of this has been fair", Murkowski said Friday, adding, "I believe we are dealing with issues that are bigger than a nominee".

"I think that the tenor and the content of the letter is not a radical statement", said Mary Davis, a United Kingdom law professor.

That would put the final tally at 51-49 in Kavanaugh's favor. The moderate Republican previously expressed support for the additional background check the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded a day earlier into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. In his testimony, Kavanaugh said he could not answer questions about whether a president could pardon himself or whether a sitting president can be required to respond to a subpoena. Susan Collins (R-Maine) when her seat is up for re-election in 2020.

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